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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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Mantel Clock
Sep 29, 10:00 AM CDT
Mantel Clock
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$126 Bids
A Edward, Glasgow Art Deco Brown Agate & Black Granite Mantle Clock
Sep 28, 6:00 PM AEST
A Edward, Glasgow Art Deco Brown Agate & Black Granite Mantle Clock
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD1603 Bids
A gilt bronze lyre-shaped Restauration mantle clock, decorated with swans and dolphins, ca. 1815-1830, H 56 cm
Oct 04, 10:00 AM CEST
A gilt bronze lyre-shaped Restauration mantle clock, decorated with swans and dolphins, ca. 1815-1830, H 56 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€1,0003 Bids
An Art Nouveau embossed mantel clock, 11 1/4 x 9 x 4 3/4 in. (28.58 x 22.86 x 12.07 cm.)
Sep 28, 9:00 AM PDT
An Art Nouveau embossed mantel clock, 11 1/4 x 9 x 4 3/4 in. (28.58 x 22.86 x 12.07 cm.)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $150- $250
$2603 Bids
Mahogany Inlaid Humpback Mantle Clock
Oct 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Mahogany Inlaid Humpback Mantle Clock
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$102 Bids
A Rococo style mantle clock with Cupid on his chariot and a pair of matching candlesticks, H 19,5 - 27 - W 30 cm
Oct 04, 10:00 AM CEST
A Rococo style mantle clock with Cupid on his chariot and a pair of matching candlesticks, H 19,5 - 27 - W 30 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €400- €600
€4252 Bids
An Agate Mantle Clock with Bird Detail
Sep 28, 6:00 PM AEST
An Agate Mantle Clock with Bird Detail
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD352 Bids
An Arts & Crafts oak mantel clock, 20 x 12 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (50.80 x 31.75 x 17.15 cm.)
Sep 28, 9:00 AM PDT
An Arts & Crafts oak mantel clock, 20 x 12 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (50.80 x 31.75 x 17.15 cm.)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $125- $175
$902 Bids
A gilt-bronze Charles X mantle clock, with a scholar on top, H 52 cm
Oct 04, 10:00 AM CEST
A gilt-bronze Charles X mantle clock, with a scholar on top, H 52 cm
by Carlo Bonte Auctions
Est: €500- €800
€3251 Bid
Empire Mantle Clock
Oct 12, 11:00 AM EDT
Empire Mantle Clock
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$101 Bid
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SMITHS ENFIELD BAKELITE MANTLE CLOCK
Sep 29, 9:00 AM AEST
SMITHS ENFIELD BAKELITE MANTLE CLOCK
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD401 Bid
An early 20th century oak cased mantel clock, 15 x 10 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (38 x 27.5 x 16.5 cm)
Sep 28, 9:00 AM PDT
An early 20th century oak cased mantel clock, 15 x 10 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. (38 x 27.5 x 16.5 cm)
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $100- $150
$701 Bid
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SESSIONS WOODEN CASED MANTLE CLOCK
Sep 29, 9:00 AM AEST
SESSIONS WOODEN CASED MANTLE CLOCK
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD20- AUD50
AUD201 Bid
Fortron quartz solid brass and crystal shelf clock
Oct 04, 11:30 PM EDT
Fortron quartz solid brass and crystal shelf clock
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $325- $350
$2250 Bids
Seth Thomas Empire No. 15 Crystal Regulator
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
Seth Thomas Empire No. 15 Crystal Regulator
by Concept Art Gallery
Est: $250- $400
$1750 Bids
Hinterzappler mantel clock under dome, H 15 cm.
Oct 07, 10:00 AM CEST
Hinterzappler mantel clock under dome, H 15 cm.
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€2000 Bids
Pendulum with Pierrot
Oct 07, 10:00 AM CEST
Pendulum with Pierrot
by Twents Veilinghuis
Est: €0- €0
€2000 Bids
A large L'Epée gilt-brass four-glass mantel clock
Oct 05, 2:00 PM CEST
A large L'Epée gilt-brass four-glass mantel clock
by Venduehuis der Notarissen
Est: €2,500- €3,500
€2,4000 Bids
MOVADO: Crystal tower table mantle clock Japan movement
Sep 27, 7:00 PM EDT
MOVADO: Crystal tower table mantle clock Japan movement
by Omni Auction Corp
Est: $300- $450
$1000 Bids
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Renaissance Revival Style Gilt Bronze Mantel Clock
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Renaissance Revival Style Gilt Bronze Mantel Clock
by Doyle New York
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Een skeletpendule
Sep 27, 6:00 PM CEST
Een skeletpendule
by Veilinghuis Onder de Boompjes
Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids
SESSIONS OXFORD CERAMIC BLACK HORSE MANTEL CLOCK
Oct 01, 10:00 AM EDT
SESSIONS OXFORD CERAMIC BLACK HORSE MANTEL CLOCK
by Antique Arena Inc
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Vintage E INGRAHAM CO Montclair Mantel Clock
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage E INGRAHAM CO Montclair Mantel Clock
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $50
$10 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Shelf & Mantel Clocks


Maynards Fine Art & Antiques

Maynards Fine Art & Antiques

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Carlo Bonte Auctions

Carlo Bonte Auctions

Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers

Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers