Relevant categories: Clocks
To get a piece of history in your home, you should seriously consider buying some antique mantle clocks. Not only are they practical, but are also beautiful and highly functional. Due to the differences in the styles and materials used to make these clocks, it is important to know how to choose a perfect piece. Of course, you may have to make a choice between the mechanical and battery operated antique mantle clocks. While it is possible to come across genuine pieces, many of them are nothing but imitations or replicas of originals. Here is a simple guide on how to choose antique mantle clocks:
1. Operating Mechanism
It is very easy to know an antique mantle clock when you see one. Of course, it cannot be battery operated. Clocks with batteries are more modern and may not give you the antique sentimentality you are looking for. The only thing that could make it an antique is the style but not the operating mechanism.
The true antiques are clocks with a wind-up mechanism. Depending on the model, it may require to be wound up once every week of fortnightly. If it needs to be wound up after a week, then it will be referred to as an 8-day clock. Wind-up antique mantle clocks may also be classified on the basis of the number of keyholes, which incidentally define the features the clock has. Clocks with one key wound can only be used to read time and doesn’t come with chimes and ringing bells. A two-key wound clock will tell time as strike after every half an hour.
Antique mantle clocks could be made from tone, porcelain, metal, glass or wood. The material from which a clock is made determines whether it will conform to your personal style. Wooden mantle clocks were either fitted with brass or painted. Some mantle clocks are made of stone including marble and slate. But due to the bulkiness and heaviness of stone, there are several antique mantle clocks which were made of silver or gold. Due to their rarity, clocks made of precious metals and also very pricey. You may also choose mantle clocks made of porcelain.
Did you know that antique mantle clocks exist in four different styles? Look out for art deco, French mantle clocks, German mantle clocks, and modern style mantle clocks. French mantle clocks are characteristically lavish due to the large amounts of precious metals used to make them. German mantle clocks, on the other hand, are made using high quality craftsmanship. Thus, French and German mantle clocks are pricey compared to the modern style clocks.
Antique mantle clocks are offered at different prices with some going for as little as $100 while others are as expensive as $1,000. The price is determined by the manufacturer, style, size, and types of materials used. Features of a clock will also determine how much you will pay for it. Consider things such as chimes, alarms, picture frames, date/day display, and whether it is a numbered clock.
As you can see, choosing an antique mantle clock to buy is easy. You need to look at the operating mechanism, materials, style, and pricing. So don’t get confused about it.
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