Antique Slate Mantel Clocks



2015-06-26 11:17:49

Antique Slate Mantel Clocks are small clocks made from slate, designed to be placed on shelves or a mantelpiece.


Brief history and description

Slate mantel clocks were incredibly popular in France during the 18th and 19th centuries, and typically needed to be wound in order for them to function properly. Many antique slate mantel clocks featured elaborate decorations and figurines, especially mantel clocks that were manufactured in France during the 17th century.

By the 19th century, mantel clocks were slowly becoming mass-produced in America thanks to Eli Terri, a clockmaker from Connecticut. Terri's mantel clocks were typically key-wound and sometimes featured a swinging pendulum made of wood.

Guide for collectors

Antique French slate mantel clocks are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors, especially if the clock features a unique decoration or figurine. Antique mantel clocks that were manufactured by Eli Terri or Simon Willard (who designed the famous banjo mantel clock) are also considered to be rare and valuable.

Restoration of an antique slate mantel clock is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring an antique slate mantel clock my reduce its value).

For more information regarding where to find antique slate mantel clocks, visit The Clocksmith.


Antique Victorian mantel clocks

An antique slate Victorian mantel clock (circa 1880s) is worth around $100.

Antique Victorian mantel clocks that are made of slate as well as marble, on the other hand, are worth around $80.

Antique Napoleon III slate mantel clock

New Orleans Auction, St. Charles Gallery, Inc. in New Orleans, Louisiana sold a large Napoleon III mantel clock with polished black slate for $1,400 in March of 2010.

Antique French marble clocks

Bill Hood & Sons Art & Antique Auctions in Delray Beach, Florida sold an antique French marble, bronze mantel and black slate clock for $950 in February of 2011.

Antique French Neoclassical clocks

Leland Little Auction & Estate Sales in Hillsborough, North Carolina sold an antique French Neoclassical slate mantel clock for $175 in June of 2010.

(Values based on auction results from

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