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1930's FOREIGN Chiming Mantle Clock

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Posted 4 months ago


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This beauty came from a vendor in London. It is technically a "tambour" clock or a little drum clock. I call it a "headlight" clock as it looks like the headlight of an early car which for the most part was bolted on.

Beautiful wood reminiscent of palissandre (rose or other tropical wood). Height approx. 8", width at base 12", depth at the base approx. 5", glass hinged door around 6" in diameter. I like the chrome appointments on each side of the clock drum and on the feet of the clock the case is in pristine condition.

The clock was made by the FOREIGN (actual company name) clock company in the UK. the movement was made in Germany by Mauthe (although the movement is unmarked), the case is English. My tall case clock and one other mantle clock I own were manufactured by the same company. These clocks were manufactured for the import/export market.

The clock runs, however it was the chime that was it's problem, anytime it chimed it would run down the chime coil. The problem was a small pin that was not making contact any longer to a template that told it how long to chime, a slight bend to the pin remedied that. This is a straight chime clock, it strikes the hour and at the half.


  1. racer4four racer4four, 4 months ago
    Great art deco styling, Rob. I love the chrome straps.
  2. SpiritBear SpiritBear, 4 months ago
    Funny that you're mentionining a chime problem. Mine's going off as I type this, as it has been for 10 minutes. LOL.
  3. BryanBoo BryanBoo, 3 months ago
    Very cool clock!!!

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