Mantel clocks are similar to bracket clocks but usually both
smaller and with less depth. The first examples dating from
around 1750-1760 were made in France. English mantel clocks
followed on about ten years later.
French mantel clocks were developed from French Regency
bracket clocks, coming into being when similar clocks were
created in Rococo style without a mounting bracket.
commonplace to set these clocks on a "mantelpiece",
which is where the name comes from.
customary around 1835 to accompany mantel clocks with a pair
of matching ornaments. These remained popular throughout the nineteenth century.
It is easy
to distinguish English antique mantel clocks from French ones. English
examples mainly have superb mechanisms and graced most studies and