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Mantel clocks

Mantel clocks as an eyecatcher in your home

A beautiful mantel clock can be a real eyecatcher in your home. You can place a nice mantel clock in your living room or study room. Place the mantel clock on a table, a cabinet or, to give you a style advise, place the mantel clock on a bookshelve in between your books. Of course, if you want, you can let the clock chime which gives your home a lovely and familiar sound.

Origins of the mantel clock

The history of the mantel clock lays in Europe, in 18th century France to be exact. Mantel clocks were initially inexpensive to make and affordable to own, which explains why they were one of the most popular clocks in the 18th and 19th centuries. Mantel clocks were of course made to keep time, but also because they were a popular piece of decoration in people’s homes. The name of the mantel clock of course comes from the fact that is small enough fit on a mantel.

Dutch mantel clocks

Mantel clocks come in very many different types and brands. If you are looking for something unique, a Dutch mantel clock is what you are looking for. The Dutch made many different types and shapes of antique and vintage mantel clocks. Furthermore, the Dutch produced mantel clocks of outstanding quality. Even today these are high value collector's items. People love the style and the quality of these mantel clocks. We offer different type of mantel clocks. Several mantel clocks are highly decorated whereas others do have a more classic look. Dutch mantel clocks are most of the time made of oakwood or of burlwood. The Dutch manufactured mantel clocks all are keywound mantel clocks, which have to be wound every 8 days. The sound of the chime differ of course from one mantel clock to another.

Mantel clocks were initially inexpensive to make and affordable to own, which explains why they were one of the most popular clocks in the 18th and 19th centuries. Part decoration, part practical timepiece, mantel clocks are so named because they were small enough to be displayed on a shelf or mantel.

The Dutch made two types of movements in their mantel clocks: one with a pendulum and later on one with a floating balance. Mantel clocks with a floating balance were produced because they were more easy to move (moving a clock with a pendulum still hanging inside the clock may cause harm to the movement). Though mantel clock manufacturers started to expend their production of mantel clocks with a floating balance, the clocks with a pendulum still remained popular. Many people love the ticking sound of a pendulum and also the sight of it when they open the back of the mantel clock. 



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