Shelf & Mantel Clocks

Mantel clocks have been a design centerpiece since domestic clocks made an appearance in the 1600s. Antique mantel clocks were luxury items through the 19th century in some arenas, reserved only to decorate the homes and businesses of the wealthy. With the onset of the Industrial Revolution and the modern manufacturing process, shelf and mantel clocks became available to more collectors who could appreciate the historical and cultural value of these timepieces.

The Ingraham mantel clock produced by Connecticut clockmaker Elias Ingraham can refer to any number of Ingraham’s models. Ingraham models bore distinctive cases including the steepled Gothic clocks and gilded Grecian clocks. The popularity of black mantel clocks made from onyx, slate, marble, iron, and wood led to the production of the Seth Thomas adamantine clock in beginning in 1882. Adamantine veneer was a celluloid made in black and white, patterned after onyx, marble, or wood grain.

Another popular name in vintage mantel clocks is the German Kienzle mantel clock. Kienzle clocks are reminiscent of Art Deco, such as the chrome metal drum pivoted clock in the Museum Victoria collection. Sessions mantel clock models, produced by William Sessions of Connecticut, include the black mantel clocks of Welsh design from 1903 to 1930.


Quick Facts

  • A '30s continental oak-cased musical mantel clock by Kienzle sold for $728 at a Bonham’s auction in 2013
  • An Empire gilt-bronze figural mantel clock signed Ravrio, Bronzier a Paris, with movement by Mesnil circa 1810 sold for $7,500 at a Bonham’s auction in 2015
  • A French Empire ormolu mantel clock with a figure of George Washington made between 1815 and 1819 by Dubac of Paris realized a price of $219,750 at an auction by Christie’s in 2013

Recommended Items at Auction

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AN EARLY 400-DAY TORSION CLOCK
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
AN EARLY 400-DAY TORSION CLOCK
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £100- £200
£1709 Bids
Seth Thomas "Lincoln" Mantel Clock
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Seth Thomas "Lincoln" Mantel Clock
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $500- $750
$4003 Bids
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Vintage Atmos Swiss Mantle Clock
Oct 23, 11:00 AM PDT
Vintage Atmos Swiss Mantle Clock
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1753 Bids
Vintage Seiko Seikosha Art Deco Bird Peacock Mantel Clock
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Seiko Seikosha Art Deco Bird Peacock Mantel Clock
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $500- $1,000
$603 Bids
Eureka Clock Co. Electro-Mechanical Balance Wheel Clock
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Eureka Clock Co. Electro-Mechanical Balance Wheel Clock
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$6002 Bids
A GIANT EARLY 19TH CENTURY MONTH DURATION DACHLUHR REGULATOR WALL CLOCK
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
A GIANT EARLY 19TH CENTURY MONTH DURATION DACHLUHR REGULATOR WALL CLOCK
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £3,000- £5,000
£1,5002 Bids
Seth Thomas Office Calendar No. 1 Wall Clock
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Seth Thomas Office Calendar No. 1 Wall Clock
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $800- $1,200
$4502 Bids
German 400-Day Bandstand Torsion Clock
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
German 400-Day Bandstand Torsion Clock
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $200- $300
$1252 Bids
Antique Neo-Classical British French Medusa Head Pendulum Mantel Clock
Oct 23, 12:00 PM EDT
Antique Neo-Classical British French Medusa Head Pendulum Mantel Clock
by Hess Fine Art
Est: $500- $1,000
$102 Bids
Chelsea Clock Co. Cut Glass Mantel Clock
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Chelsea Clock Co. Cut Glass Mantel Clock
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
A 20TH CENTURY BRASS 'HARRISONS SEA CLOCK' STYLE SKELETON CLOCK
Oct 23, 10:00 AM BST
A 20TH CENTURY BRASS 'HARRISONS SEA CLOCK' STYLE SKELETON CLOCK
by Hutchinson Scott Limited
Est: £400- £600
£2001 Bid
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QING DYN. CARVED ROSEWOOD GILT MANTLE CLOCK
Oct 31, 6:00 AM PDT
QING DYN. CARVED ROSEWOOD GILT MANTLE CLOCK
by East West Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$2001 Bid
Louis XV Style Bronze Figural Mantel Clock
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Louis XV Style Bronze Figural Mantel Clock
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
Seth Thomas "Marcy" Wall Regulator Clock
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
Seth Thomas "Marcy" Wall Regulator Clock
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5001 Bid
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An English pub wall clock
Oct 26, 12:00 PM PDT
An English pub wall clock
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $500- $700
$2501 Bid
French Sevres Style Franz Hermle Mantel Clock
Oct 30, 11:30 AM EDT
French Sevres Style Franz Hermle Mantel Clock
by Joshua Kodner
Est: $200- $400
$251 Bid
E.N. Welch "Cary V.P." Mantel Clock
Oct 23, 11:00 AM EDT
E.N. Welch "Cary V.P." Mantel Clock
by Fontaine's Auction Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
Garniture de cheminée
Oct 26, 2:00 PM CEST
Garniture de cheminée
by Brussels Art Auctions
Est: €800- €1,200
€7001 Bid
A battery operated wall clock, Dia. 60 cm
Oct 23, 10:00 AM AEDT
A battery operated wall clock, Dia. 60 cm
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD151 Bid
PRISMA KIRSCH HAMILTON CUBE ART CLOCK
Oct 21, 1:00 PM EDT
PRISMA KIRSCH HAMILTON CUBE ART CLOCK
by Elite Auctioneers, LLC
Est: $30- $50
$201 Bid
A picture clock
Oct 27, 10:30 AM BST
A picture clock
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £300- £500
£2400 Bids
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Sevres Jeweled & Enameled Porcelain Louis XV Clock
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Sevres Jeweled & Enameled Porcelain Louis XV Clock
by Neely Auction
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Benham & Sons Carved Mahogany Wall Clock
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
Benham & Sons Carved Mahogany Wall Clock
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Shelf & Mantel Clocks


Fontaine's Auction Gallery

Fontaine's Auction Gallery

Historia Auktionshaus

Historia Auktionshaus

Cottone Auctions

Cottone Auctions

Hindman

Hindman