Mantel clocks, or shelf clocks, are relatively small house clocks traditionally placed on a shelf or a mantel above the fireplace. The form, first developed in France in the 1750s, can be distinguished from earlier chamber clocks of similar size due to a lack of carrying handles. These clocks are often highly ornate, decorative works. They are most frequently constructed from any combination of ormolu, porcelain, and wood.
One of the most common styles of mantel clock is the Tambour style. This style was produced in great quantity in the early 1900’s. One of the most well-known Tambour-style mantel clocks were made by the Seth Thomas Clock Company (pictured left).
We have a wide selection of tambour and bracket-style mantel clocks, as well as other shelf clock styles such as pillar and scroll and antique kitchen clocks available for purchase in our two shops.
Hugh’s Clock Shop also provides top quality service on your mantel clocks. From simple oiling and maintenance to full mechanical restorations, we can keep your clock sitting on your fireplace for generations to come.