Category Archives: Mantel Clocks

Ansonia Kitchen Clock. American Clock. ca 1890.

Ansonia kitchen clock. 8-day time and strike.

Ansonia Kitchen Clock. ca 1890.

Ansonia Kitchen Clock. ca 1890.

This one is in very good condition; I don’t recall even having to clean the movement. There are no markings on the face, but it looks original.

DISCLAIMER

It is possible that this clock is not Ansonia. I would have to look at the movement to see if it’s marked to be sure. Most clocks like this have faded decals on the glass; this one is in very good condition.

I don’t know why these are so popular, if I’m honest. Why they were so popular, rather. The cases are hideous. I think. I think they are hideous. They still have appeal to collectors of American clocks, though.

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Junghans Mantel Clock with Westminster Chime 1. Ca 1900-10.

This is a large, lovely Junghans mantel clock with Westminster Chime.

 Junghans Mantel clock with Westminster Chime

Junghans Mantel Clock.

 Junghans Mantel clock with Westminster Chime

Junghans is an Austrian company that manufactured clocks from 1861 to 1922. This clock is a later example. Junghans is a fairly well-respected name.

Balance Wheels

This one has a pendulum movement; I have seen later Junghans clocks with ‘Balance Wheel’ escapements. I assume they must have been made toward the end of the company’s existence. The examples of Balance Wheel movements that I have seen appeared to be of lesser quality than the pendulum movements. As such, I have avoided collecting them.

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Waterbury Steeple clock. American mantel clock. 1890s.

Specimens such as this Waterbury Steeple clock are very collectible clocks.

Waterbury Steeple clock 1890’s

Waterbury Steeple clock 1890’s

Steeple clocks come in several sizes and some are very elaborate in their design; this one is a very basic design. Overall this clock is in excellent condition. It has a 30 hour, time-and-strike movement.

Waterbury Clock Company

Waterbury was an American company, out of Connecticut. It would be merged with other clock companies, and the group would eventually become Timex.

The monochromatic decorative inlay on the glass is, thankfully, more subtle than is sometimes found. You may have determined by now, we are not fans of painted glass on clock cases.

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Gilbert mantel clock. Differing Strike Mechanisms. 1880’s.

This is a Gilbert mantel clock with oak case.

Gilbert Mantel Clock
Gilbert mantel clock 1880’s

Gilbert mantle clock 1880’s

Bell and Gong

This is an unusual movement in that the clock strikes the half hour on a bell and strikes the hour on a coil gong. I do not have another clock in my collection that strikes in this way.

Pie Crust Design

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N. Pomeroy Clock. (Bristol Conn). Eight day shelf clock. 1880’s.

This is a N. Pomeroy Clock, a nice example of a late 19th century American shelf clock out of Bristol, Connecticut.

N. Pomeroy Clock

N. Pomeroy (Bristol Conn) Eight day Shelf Clock. 1880’s.

I don’t know much about this manufacturer, I haven’t seen any other N. Pomeroy clocks at auction.

American Clock and Watch Museum

A mecca for American clock enthusiasts, Bristol, Connecticut, is the home of the American Clock and Watch Museum. Clock museums, obviously, are one of our favorite destinations, but this one is a particular treasure, but more particularly of note, he museum has a vast archive and can help you determine the origin of your favorite vintage or antique clock.

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Waterbury shelf clock. 1880’s.

This is a small Waterbury shelf clock that runs with an 8 day time and strike movement.

Waterbury shelf clock

Waterbury Mantel clock

This clock will require some bushing work on a couple of elongated pivot holes. A task I will get around to one day.

Rating Adjustment

This clock has a rating adjustment that can be adjusted from a small keyhole at the top of the face. The pendulum is obviously not the original one because it, too, has a rating adjustment screw that is redundant in a clock such as this.

This is an American clock, yet another Connecticut company from the nineteenth century.

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Seth Thomas Shelf clock. Eight Day. 1890’s

This is a Seth Thomas Shelf clock. It runs for eight days, is chime and strike, and dates from the 1890s.

Seth Thomas Shelf clock

Seth Thomas Eight Day Shelf clock 1890’s

In most cases, this would be considered a mantel clock. The term ‘shelf clock’ is not commonly used, often associated with early nineteenth century American clocks from New England. However, I tend to refer to clocks with a more vertical nature as shelf clocks to distinguish them from the traditional parabolic mantel clocks. And I dislike the term ‘table clock.’

American clocks are rare in our collection, but any respectable clock collector in the United States is going to have a Seth Thomas or two. The Seth Thomas company innovated the mass production of clocks in the nineteenth century. However, Seth Thomas clocks were well built and maintain a quality and reliability above the average mass produced American clock dating from the same era.

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French Mantel Clock. 1800’s.

This is a French mantel clock.

French Mantel Clock. 1800's.

French Mantel Clock. 1800’s.

I purchased this one only to find out it wasn’t what it appeared to be……

You will notice that there is a black plate just underneath the two winding arbors on the face. This plate covers the two ‘original’ winding arbor holes. A previous clock repairman had replaced the movement with one that did not match the winding arbor holes and drilled two others.

I believe the case and the face are both original. The movement is a small round bell strike French movement that has been attached directly to the solid brass face plate with posts and taper pins. I recall dismantling the movement.  It was very well manufactured, typical of  fine quality French clocks. (As a matter of fact, this particular movement actually had bronze plates.) The previous repairmen had actually done a great job replacing the movement. As such, I decided to keep the clock in my collection.

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An unusual French open escapement clock

An unusual French open escapement clock.

An unusual French open escapement clock

An unusual French open escapement clock

This one was not working when I purchased it at an auction for more that I should have paid (one of my early purchases). I started to dismantle the movement and discovered that, among other things, the striking hammer was broken. I did not have a replacement and could not find one from any clock supply sources. So, I took it to a local clock repair. I asked him to repair the striking hammer and he asked me if I needed the movement cleaned, I said no and left the store.

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Junghans Clocks. German Clocks from Junghans.

Junghans clocks, particularly mantel clocks are specimens we used to come across quite regularly in our auction adventures. Those looking for these clocks specifically should be able to have luck on eBay as they are always available there.

The town of origin for this company is Schramberg, once in Austria until the early nineteenth century, and then part of a German state. The town is actually situation in the eastern Black Forest, a clock-making hub for much of the heyday of mechanical commercial clock-making. Interestingly, though, Junghans did not create cuckoo clocks for which the Black Forest is most famous.

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