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Seth Thomas Clocks121 of 241Old Wall ClockMy great grandmother's Seth Thomas Mantle Clock #99
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Posted 5 years ago

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this was my great grandma's clock and when she passed and i bought her house the clock was given to me. i dont know alot about clocks so i'm curious as to what the specs are on this clock. it still works and i have the key.. anyone have info they could share?

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  1. toolate2 toolate2, 5 years ago
  2. mindym79 mindym79, 5 years ago
    Thanks for the info toolate2! I will start looking and see what all it says!
  3. toolate2 toolate2, 5 years ago
    Let us know what you find out! It's a nice clock and so cool it was your great Gmom's! Thanks for sharing.... Anything else you'd like to post? It's addictive...lol...
  4. Bruce99 Bruce99, 5 years ago
    I collect Seth Thomas clocks so perhaps I could add a little here....

    This type of clock case is referred to as a "Tambour" and it was extremely popular in the U.S. from the early to mid 1900s.

    The Sentinel 2 with the case like your heirloom was from circa 1924. Seth Thomas offered a two tone version in circa 1928.

    Your clock has a Mahogany finish. In mint all-original condition it has a book value (Tran Duy Ly) of $300.

    I don't know if they are rare, but I haven't seen them come up for auction very often, perhaps every two or three months on eBay. When the do they usually sell for much less, perhaps half or much less but of course auction bidders are looking for bargains so in a retail setting I wouldn't be surprised to see a price tag of $250-$325 on this clock depending upon the condition and market.

    Seth Thomas offer a whole series of "Sentinel" Tambour Clocks from the Sentinel 1 in the early 1920s to the Sentinel 17 in the early 1930s. The Sentinels generally used Seth Thomas workhorse "No. 89" 8-day time and strike movement.

    Seth Thomas also offered a line of Tambours called the "Cymbal". Some of the Cymbals had the exact same case as some of the Sentinels but the Cymbals used a "Ding Dong" (also called the "Bim-Bam") two-toned strike vs. the Sentinel's single-toned hourly strike on a spiral gong.

    Hope this helps.

  5. Bruce99 Bruce99, 5 years ago
    Very nice clock by the way. I see that yours uses a chime rod, not a spiral gong. I believe that is original and they have a very lovely musical tone. Thanks for sharing your heirloom with us.
  6. toolate2 toolate2, 5 years ago
    Bruce, are the Tambour style clocks less collected in general? They seem to bring less money than other styles in our local shops here...
  7. Bruce99 Bruce99, 5 years ago
    Hi Nathan,
    I think that part of it may be that there were so many of them made in so many different styles. Like the Sentinel. That was just one Seth Thomas line and they had "17" different Sentinel models (that I'm aware of). I think they can be really nice clocks with good acoustics. There's just a LOT of them still out there...(IMO).
    Best regards

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