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Seth Thomas Mantle Clock

sylvester12

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Just picked this one up at the antique market. It would be much appreciated if someone can put a name and date to it. Needs a good cleaning and the pendulum "not original" needs to be replaced but otherwise in good condition. I saw another online that was dated 1880 but I don't know how long this model was manufactured.



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Grant Perry

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According to the book by Tran Duy Ly, published by Arlington Book Company Inc., I think your clock is the Arno, circa 1900. Height is 11.5", Base 12.5", Dial 5". Original price $6.
 

JTD

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It says ARNO on the back of the case, so I think Grant has got it right.

JTD
 

Steven Thornberry

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The bottom of the case is stamped "9981?," where the "?" is a letter I cannot read. The numerals are to be read right to left, so "1899" for the year of manufacture. The letter would indicate the month.
 

sylvester12

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Everything I needed to date and name the clock was right under my nose. It's my first Seth Thomas black mantle clock next time I'll know. I like to leave my clocks original does it hurt the value of these clocks to polish the brass feet, lions heads etc. Thanks to all for the responses.

I tried to read the letter for the date with a big magnifying glass but still can't make it out.
 

binman

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You have to be very careful cleaning the adornments, you could end up in a mess,I would leave alone,it looks fine. Regular wiping with a clean duster would improve the lions heads, hand cleaning with brasso, will make a difference,but don't put the feet in a ultrasonic tank.i would definitely leave them alone, apart from washing in warm soapy water with a wash down brush.
 

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