Bracket Clocks and Mantel Clocks

Bracket Clocks and Mantel Clocks

8th Mar 2022

If you are looking for a truly classic or contemporary timepiece to decorate your home with, then you should consider our selection of clocks.

At Glenbryde, we have an extensive range of clocks. In fact, we have one of the biggest collections of bracket clocks and mantel clocks throughout the country. These two types of clocks are often categorised together. However, there are some notable differences between a mantel clock and bracket clock, which we shall clarify here

What are Bracket Clocks?

Bracket clocks are portable table clocks that were made throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. The term is thought to have originated from the small weight-driven pendulum clocks that needed to be mounted onto a special bracket on a wall to allow space for their hanging weights. (These were often referred to as “true bracket clocks”). Bracket clocks which used mainsprings and Fusee barrels instead of weights were introduced and often would have been made with a matching decorative wall bracket.

Modern bracket clocks continue to be called such, even though they are predominantly spring-driven and do not need hanging weights to give them power.

Many of the original bracket clocks were designed to be repeaters, striking clocks that could be manufactured to repeat the strike on the hours when a cord or lever is pulled. This is a feature that is used in clocks to help tell the time in low light conditions. Often the bracket clocks were situated in owners bedrooms and therefore, so as not to disturb people from sleeping, the clocks were made with a strike or chime silence lever.

What are Mantel Clocks?

Mantel clocks, also referred to as shelf clocks, are normally smaller clocks that are designed to sit, as the names suggest, on a mantel above a fireplace or on a shelf. This type of clock was first designed and manufactured in France during the 1750s.Therefore they are sometimes referred to as antique mantel clocks or French mantel clocks. While they may share some similar characteristics to chamber clocks that were similarly sized, the main difference was that they did not have carrying handles.

High-Quality Products

Whether one of our amazing bracket clocks is best for your home or you’d prefer one of our great mantel clocks, there is one thing you can be sure of when you choose any clocks from Glenbryde – high quality. We are very particular when sourcing the clocks we supply as we have a strong reputation to uphold.

Free Delivery and Free Extended Warranty

As we are committed to offering the best service for our customers here at Glenbryde, all orders of contemporary mantel clocks and bracket clocks come with free delivery. Therefore, you don’t need to worry about paying any more on top of what you already have invested to enjoy one of these beautiful timepieces in your own home. We also offer our free extended warranty on all new bracket clocks and mantel clocks that cost more than £500.

If you would like to find out more about our commitment to high-quality timepieces, like bracket or mantle clocks or any other questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact us.