Antique Victorian Seth Thomas Adamantine Mantel Shelf Clock C.1880 For SaleHere is a recent estate find. This is a Rare Antique 19th Century SETH THOMAS Adamantine Mantel Clock. It has a Beautiful RARE Adamantine Reddish Woodgrain Adamantine Art Deco Victorian Style Case in Good Condition c.1880. The Dial is Celluloid with Black Numerals, and is Signed"Seth Thomas Manufactured In The United States Of America", complete with the Original Hands. It has a Seth Thomas No. 89c Brass Mechanical 8 Day "Time and Strike" Key Wound Movement with a Bell Chime which Strikes on the Half hour, and a Cathedral Coil Spring Gong Chime which Strikes the Correct Amount of Times On The Hour! The Movement is signed "ST made in U.S. America 89c". It includes the Winding Key and Pendulum. The Clock measures approx. 13" wide x11 1/2" tall x 6" deep. This Clock Runs and Strikes Correctly, but stops after a little bit and will need Lube, Adjustments or Some Attention to run correctly! This will make a Stunning addition to your home or Antique Clock Collection. This is in Overall Very Good Condition, As Pictured! Don't pass this one up! This is Estate Fresh, Sold As Found. Due to the Delicate Nature of these Old Clocks, I am Selling This "As Is" with . Clock may need to be lubed and adjusted again after shipping. A stunning Rare Clock $245 or BEST OFFER!!!! Check out my other Rare Clocks!MAKE AN OFFER!!!!!
History of Seth Thomas Adamantine Antique Mantel Clocks
In the 1860’s, French clocks in slate, onyx or marble cases became popular in the United States. These cases were expensive, so the American clock manufacturers produced similar looking cases made of iron or wood. These clocks have become known to collectors as “Black Mantel Clocks”, and were popular from 1880 to 1931.
Seth Thomas made clocks in marble cases for a short time, from 1887 to ca. 1895. They also made clocks in iron cases finished in black enamel, from 1892 to ca. 1895. Seth Thomas is well known for their “Adamantine” black mantel clocks, which were made starting in 1882. Adamantine is a celluloid veneer, glued to the wood case. Adamantine veneer was made in black and white, and in colored patterns such as wood grain, onyx and marble.
Adamantine veneer was developed by the Celluloid Manufacturing Company of New York City, and was covered by U.S. Patent number 232,037, dated September 7, 1880. Seth Thomas Clock Company purchased the right to use the Adamantine veneer in 1881.
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