Aging and Identifying an Art Deco Mantel Clock

3dzer0

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I collect a lot of Art Deco items as it is my favorite time period for design. I came across an Art Deco Mantel Clock at an estate sale. It was priced at $40 so I couldn't pass it up.

I dug deep into research, as there are zero marking on the clock except "Made in England" on the bottom face, and on the movement it has 81470 and Britain Made. I researched for several days and from my best guess, it is a Bentima, Westminster Chimes Mantle Clock with Perivale Movement. I have no idea the date it was made, as I haven't been able to find any clocks like this one. It is missing the Pendulum and the Key.

I would love to learn everything I can about the clock and maybe be able to find original replacement parts.

Thank you for having me here, I think I have caught the antique clock bug.

Glen

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chimeclockfan

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As you've guessed, this is a Perivale clock with British made movement, however they were not exclusively sold under the Bentima label.
John Glanville's book regarding English clock manufacturing is the ultimate source of information on these clocks.
One of his clocks featured can be seen here along with a summary of information. Compare and contrast with your own:



Pendulum and key can be sourced on eBay or a parts supplier may offer suitable replacements.
The pendulum was usually a 'doughnut' with rating nut inside the bob like this:

 

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Thank you so much for the information. I will have to dig deeper and check out this book as well.

Do you happen to have any ideas on age range for this?
 

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Aging a clock?

Does that mean making it look older than it is?
The most effective way to age a clock is to let it sit around for several years.

Do you happen to have any ideas on age range for this?
You're looking at 1937 or later on. Perivale clocks do not have any chronological dating system.
The only ways to provide any date range is by periodic differences in production as noted in the Glanville showcase.
The 'Art Deco' style that was popular in the late 1930's stuck around on clocks throughout the 1950's.
Squared dial chapter rings with roman numerals were largely unique to British-regional offerings.

It is amusing and interesting to see a fictitious interpretation of a Perivale clock in this 1990's cartoon:

 
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3dzer0

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Love the video, and other than that clock being round-faced it looks very similar to mine.

Thank you for the wealth of information. I am going to do more research with the book you mentioned and see if I can find a proper pendulum and key.
 
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