Unique Mantel Clocks

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Nothing out of the norm and walking away from the usual Mantel Clock, this collection of unique Mantel clocks will add a sense of whimsy so your fireplace mantle and properly exemplify your unique personality and style. We have a large collection of unique Mantel clocks to choose through so why don't you take a look and see if we have one the wall accent your home?

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Art deco mantel clock

Artistic, decorative and practical mantel clock with stylish wooden accents. Its square face features white hands and Arabic numbers on yellow background, so they are readable without any problems. The clock's mechanism works in a reliable way.

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Unusual mantel clocks

Graceful polished wood and a floral inlay carved from wood characterize this mantel clock. It almost makes one think of the talking clock in a certain well-known fairy tale musical. The face looks quizzical but is really a landscape carving.

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Bardwell Mantel Clock

Bardwell Mantel Clock
Striking tabletop clock beaming with traditional flair. It grabs praises with its elaborately carved wooden case. Clear glass panels with golden framing expose golden clock mechanism and round face with Roman numerals.

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Traditional Metal Mantel Clock

Traditional Metal Mantel Clock

Vintage with distressed details, this mantel clock is the perfect addition if you want to add an old-fashioned touch to your home. Its aqua finish adds a pop of color to your decor and instantly brightens up the surface.

Featuring a flat back and an overall dimension of 8.5'' H x 9.5'' W x 3.75'' D, this metal timepiece suits desks, etagere displays, fireplace mantels, and console tables best. Pair with small plants for a charming layout.

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Pettine Wood and Metal Mantel Clock

Pettine Wood and Metal Mantel Clock

Solid and well built, this mantle clock is a great option if you’re looking for a functional and elegant addition to your tabletop. It’s heavy, sturdy, and has a vintage design that really makes a statement, whether it’s placed on a shelf, mantel, or dresser.

This wood and metal clock features worn-out details and a dome-shaped plastic cover, making it look like a real antique piece. Coordinate with decors in dark hues for a mysterious and classy atmosphere.

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Country Farmhouse Dorris Clock

Country Farmhouse Dorris Clock

This dorris clock with a country farmhouse and antique charm is a classy and versatile tabletop piece clock. The Arabic numbers are easily readable and its carved bracket feet provide firmness on the surface.

Featuring a whitewash finish and a sleek rectangular design displaying elegant crown moldings and beveled framing, this clock can effortlessly blend with other decors and color palettes. Place next to a small houseplant and a stack of neutral-colored books for a relaxed and charming arrangement.

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Worthington Mantel Clock

Worthington Mantel Clock

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This key-wound chiming clock features a glass inlay in the top, perfect for viewing the working insides. Any person who was fascinated with the ticking of a clock or the lazy swing of a pendulum will appreciate this elegant mantle clock.

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An avant-garde take on an unusual wall clock, made out of cold cast resin which resembles antique brass. The wall clock is battery operated and has a distorted structure which resembles a famous painting by Salvador Dali.

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Buying Guide

For modern interiors, you should look for a unique mantel clock that represents the decade that you’ve mainly drawn inspiration from when decorating your home.

For example, art deco mantel clocks usually involve trapezoid shapes and the bold, geometric typefaces that characterized the 1920s. In mid-century modern rooms (50s and 60s), you could consider longer rectangular or oval designs, starburst elements, and lines rather than numbers.

For modern-inspired interiors that don’t focus on a specific décor style, you can emphasize their vintage feel by choosing darker wooden models.

You want your unique mantel clocks to be the main focal point on your mantelpiece, so, when you’re decorating with these pieces, refrain from introducing too many other pieces of decor in the same place. When you do place other decor pieces nearby, make sure that they coordinate instead of contrast; this will make the clock seem like the star of the show instead of having to compete for attention.

Use pieces of decor that have similar colors or materials in them to achieve this effect. However, we’d pare back on other decor pieces and truly let the unique mantel clock shine in its home environment.


Both decorative and functional, mantel and tabletop clocks provide a stylish way to keep up with the time. While many of us look to our phones to find out the time, mantel and tabletop clocks can also provide a sense of nostalgia and purpose even in today's high-tech world.

As such, it may have been a while since you've shopped for a mantel or tabletop clock. If you've done any type of browsing so far, you know there are so many clocks to choose from! We've created this handy guide to help you home in on your perfect timepiece and wind down your search quickly.

  • A mantel clock is designed to sit atop a shelf (mantel) above the fireplace. These clocks are decorative and have been a mainstay for mantel décor for centuries. They generally have an outside casing of wood or metal and a face with hands pointing to numerals as the internal mechanism keeps time; as such, they are considered analog in function.
  • A tabletop clock sits atop a table or shelf and can be decorative, utilitarian, or both. They come in both analog and digital displays (digits reflect time instead of the clock face with hands and numbers.) They come in all styles, shapes, and materials.

When is the last time you heard a clock chime, gong, or tick-tock? Taking the time to read the hands of an old-school analog clock face can bring immense pleasure. Or if you are into contemporary style, a silent modern digital clock in brilliant metal will give you a sense of timeliness. No matter, there is a clock type to suit your taste and needs.

Anniversary

Often brass or silver mechanism with ivory or white face enclosed by a glass dome. As its name suggests, it runs approximately a year without changing the battery or winding the key. For use on a mantel, shelf, and tabletop.

Bracket

A metal face clock with a decorative wood case and handle on top. Tends toward traditional style. Square or rectangular in shape.

Carriage

First created centuries ago for use in horse-drawn carriages, these clocks have a large handle at the top for holding. They are best used at the bedside or sofa side as they are smaller than most mantel clocks. Come in brass, gold, and silver casing with decorative faces and hands.

Tambour

With its distinct camelback shape, this traditional clock is the most common type of mantel clock. It is most often made of smooth wood with a round clock face.

Old World/Maritime

Made from wood or metal, these clocks keep time as well as additional measurement devices like air pressure and direction.

Alarm

Can be vintage with alarm bells on top or digital with alarm speaker. Come in a variety of shapes and styles from traditional to contemporary. Ideal for setting at the bedside or on a table.

A myriad of clock styles to decorate your mantel, tabletops, and shelves can be found. Some have decorative faces, while others have cases made of pure brass. To help you determine the clock for you, consult the décor styles with correlating detail suggestions below.

  • Traditional: Wood or metal casing, ornate detailing, decorative clock face with Roman numerals, accent legs or pedestal, handle top, glass dome. Analog.
  • Contemporary: Analog or digital, numberless face, modern numerals if any, geometric or round shape, stainless or nickel casing.
  • Vintage: Analog, round or oval case, brass or stainless finish, alarm bells on top, decorative face, roman numerals, rounded feet.
  • Modern: Medium to light wood or leather casing, mid-century style, retro numerals, and slender hands. Analog.
  • Antique: Pendulum style mechanism, wood or metal casing. Analog.
  • Eclectic: Decorative themed faces and casing - nature, birds, flowers, sports, beach. Wood, metal, plastic. Digital or analog.

From quartz clocks to digital alarms to antique models, the mechanism used to power these timepieces typically fall within three categories:

  • Battery-Operated: Battery power offers smooth movement that keeps excellent time. No-fuss and low-maintenance. Available in both mantel and tabletop clocks. Tabletop travel clocks are also made with batteries.
  • Key Wound: These are typical of antique clocks, and luxury made clocks. A key is inserted into a hole then wound on a dial to activate the clock's mechanical mechanism. These clocks need to be wound every 8, 14, or 31 days depending upon the movement setting.
  • Electric: Common to digital and radio clocks, an electrical cord is plugged into a wall socket to power the clock's timekeeping mechanism.

Both type clocks run the price scale from ten to thousands of dollars. Antique mantel clocks will run at the top of the scale, while digital alarm clocks start as low as a few dollars. Once you decide on placement and budget, then you'll be able to figure what clocks fit within your price range.

  • A stately wood and brass mantel clock set above the fireplace surround makes an impressive focal point in the traditional living room or study.
  • Battery operated tabletop clocks are ideal for decorating spaces where electric plugs are sparse.
  • A decorative desk clock can keep you on track while working from home.
  • Use a large digital tabletop clock beside the bed to track time when eyes are bleary with sleep.
  • Gift an anniversary clock to a special couple in honor of their milestone.
  • Choose a tabletop clock with filigree scrollwork and decorative face for a touch of French style on a shelf or table.
  • Perch a tabletop clock on a stack of books for alongside a table lamp for a pretty vignette.

A mantel or tabletop clock can add style and function to any room from the bedroom to the living room. These classic pieces can be used in a variety of ways to enhance your décor and lifestyle. 

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