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Inherited two French Mantel Clocks

JasonC.

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Just inherited two French Mantel Clocks, circa 1889 to 1900s. The first is a L Marti et Cie, I call The Lions Clock. The makers mark has 1889 in the stamp. It feels like it's made from stone and wood. I've searched and searched and have not seen a copy.

The second, The Horses, is an AD Mougin. I don't know the year. Made out of wood and aged bronze.

Just want to know if anyone have seen these models, or are these that rare that I can not find copies on the internet?

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JasonC.

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Also, the Lions came with two urn bookends. Seen to the right of the Horses.
 

zedric

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Hi Jason

Welcome to the Board. You have a couple of nice clocks there.

You ask about the models. The 19th century French clock makers didn't make a series of named models in the same way as the American clock industry, so you won't find names of these clocks anywhere. Most makers also tended to make more one-off or small series of clocks, or use decorative elements in different combinations, so you may not find another quite like yours, but that doesn't qualify it as "rare", just that this was the way these were made at the time.

The stamps you can see are for the makers of the movement of the clock. The rest of the clock would have come from other sources (dial, hands, case etc) and would have been assembled by the "maker" or retailer of the clock. The date you see is dates of the silver medal received by Marti, the movement maker - so the clock would date from some time after 1899 when this medal was awarded.

The cases could do with a clean (use a cloth with hot water with a little soap, making sure not to snag the cloth on delicate items) and the movements could probably do with a service if you intend to run the clocks, but I'm sure they will come up really nicely.
 

JasonC.

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Thanks for the info. Was thinking, in the near future, to have them serviced. Was wondering of a proper way to clean the casings. What kind of soap is preferable?
 

zedric

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A good question. In my experience it depends on how the "patina" on the brass/bronze has been created, and you do need to be a bit careful not to damage it. Maybe someone else can jump in with a suggestion...
 

claussclocks

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Someone recommended "Blitz Gem and Jewelry Cleaner" to me several months ago, (I don't remember Who). I have used it on a number of delicate items and it does a very nice job. It's available from AMAZON. The universal disclaimer applies here anyway, "test on a discreet area before widespread use". I have used it on a number of parts that I wanted cleaned but not stripped of lacquer or patina and have had very good luck so far.

If you get tired of lugging those horses around I would gladly help. We like horses in Texas :).
Seriously, those are very nice French clocks
Welcome to the board. Come back often and socialize, we're all friendly here!!
DPC
 

jmclaugh

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The L is actually an S for Samuel Marti et Cie who were awarded a gold medal in 1900 so it is probably safe to assume the firm would have used the more prestigious mark thereafter so that dates it to 1889-1900. I haven't come across any dating for the A D Mougin stamp though it is not an uncommon mark to see on these movements, there appears to be little information about the firm available other than; believed to have been based in Herimoncourt mid to late 19th C, an 1880 address in Paris, 75 Rue Turrenne, and the firm exhibited in 1900 which is perhaps what the two medals relates to.
 

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