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Antique Clock: an Investment In Time

Bourret A Paris
Bourret a Paris

Why Buy An Antique Mantel Clock?

Antique clocks that are old and rare are actually an “investment in time.” They allow you to enjoy the benefits and brilliance of old world artisanship and the beauty of their work. Antique and vintage mantel clocks are a wonderful way to acquire collectible and rare art that is for sale and enhance your home with an investment both in beauty and value.

Here, we specialize in old and rare, antique clocks that can fit on your mantel or shelf, adding charm to your home as well as increasing in value over the years. Try buying a new one and see what it is worth the following week. Not much. A beautiful and collectible French or American antique clock is something that you can pass down to others in your family as an heirloom. As I stated, it is more than just a beautiful work of art. Your mantel clock is an “investment in time.”


Buying a vintage or an antique french clock or carriage clock for sale from benefits you because not only is it reasonably priced, but it is a trouble-free, running, and working rare old mantel clock. All of our unique vintage or  antique French or American shelf or carriage timepieces have been tested, cleaned, and restored where called for.

Each antique French or American mantel or shelf clock is in excellent running condition, but you should expect them to have some wear from moving, usage, storage, and even wars. That being said, there is nothing that would prevent your enjoyment of these beautiful, unusual, and decorative old and valuable clocks as “functional” art for your mantel.

Antique Mantel Clock
Raingo Freres Set
Antique Mantel Clock
Onyx & Bronze Magnificence


Your French or American rare mantel antique clock is ready to be enjoyed, is running, and is a good timekeeper, no matter how old it is. All of our antique mantel clocks for sale have the easiest guarantee. When you buy a rare or vintage clock from us, we guarantee your complete right of return within seven days of your receipt, provided it was not subject to abuse and comes back in the same condition as sent. You just pay the shipping of it back to us, properly and safely packaged, and 100% of your purchase price, less our shipping, shall be refunded.  

We further guarantee the mechanism of your antique clock for one full year from receipt for all of our rare clocks.  Just remove it by removing the two screws that hold the mechanism in place, pack it carefully, and return it to us insured for the same price you paid. Our antique clock sales provide you with the  best guarantee in the business for valuable clocks.

What Makes A RARE Clock Valuable?

It is a simple question with an even simpler answer. There are three prime elements that make an antique or vintage clock valuable; The maker, the age of vintage or old clocks (era produced) and the esthetics of the case. Some of the most famous clockmakers are Noel Bourret, Raingo Fres, Ferdinand Berthoud, Frederick Berthoud, Breguet, Brocot and a few others. There are some very common names for less valuable clocks, like Japy, Vincente, and Marti, but they are not among the greats. 

Just like with antique or vintage furniture, there is the era that set the style, such as Louis XV, Louis XVI, Regency, Empire etc. Then there is the revival eras for similar styled and less rare antique clocks, such as the Rococo works made in the 19th Century of the style developed in the 18th Century. There even was a second revival around 1900,  sometimes referred to as the Rococo Revival style of these vintage clocks. The Revival of the original style, is not as valuable as the original.

Lastly, it is simply the beauty of the case. How stunning is it. Add up all three of these things and you have the value of a clock. An example where the case determines the value of a rare clock, would be some that were made in the Art Deco period of the 1920’s and 1930’s. There are some absolute beauties for a mantelpiece clock found on our Art Deco page with vintage clocks for sale.

French Set By Tiffany
French Set by Tiffany