Best Mantel Clocks in 2020

A fireplace mantel is an exceptional place to display clocks, photographs, figurines and other meaningful décor. Mantel clocks were first developed in the 1750s and have long been a way to complete the look of this important sitting room area. Mantel shelves are often a decorative focal point, and the right hearth clock only adds to their splendor.

Chelsea Clock has been America’s best mantel clock maker since 1897 and continues to produce the finest handcrafted mantel clocks. Our choices for the best mantel clocks of 2020 will accent traditional, modern or nautical décor and make stunning gifts. They also look stately on bookshelves, console tables, counters and other flat surfaces.

Embassy Brass Mantel Clock

Embassy Clock

This refined timepiece is a worldly addition to Victorian or transitional homes. Each Embassy brass mantel clock has a forged brass stepped case with a gleaming white dial. A German quartz movement gives you modern convenience while maintaining a traditional style. A hinged back door allows the owner to set the time or replace the battery. If you want a more modern look, we also offer the nickel Embassy clock with Arabic numerals.

Chelsea Clock Brass Ship's Bell Clock
Presidential Clock in Brass

Presidential Clock in Brass

Many U.S. presidents have owned Chelsea clocks, and our Presidential mantel clock is a testament to significant achievements in both statesmanship and clock-making. It has a classically-styled case with black Roman numerals on a silvered 4.5-inch dial. Like the Embassy, this traditional clock is powered by a modern German quartz movement that doesn’t require winding. We’ve placed the clock on a rich mahogany base that complements the polished brass finish.

Ship’s Bell Clock and Barometer in Nickel

Ship’s Bell Clock and Barometer in Nickel

The patented Ship’s Bell collection has been the Chelsea Clock flagship since 1900. This clock and barometer mantel set makes for an outstanding present for sailors and nautical aficionados — particularly with a custom engraving. Both instruments are plated with lustrous nickel and mounted on a black double base for contemporary homes. Beneath this modern look is the same precision mechanical movements, ship’s watch chimes and hand-slivered dial as every Ship’s Bell timepiece that leaves our factory.

The Chatham Quartz Clock

The Chatham Quartz Clock

This dramatic timepiece was originally designed as a desk clock but will quickly find a home on smaller mantels. The Chatham has a swivel-style case with stands on either end that lets you set the rich silvered dial to the right angle. We’ve mounted the polished brass clock on a black marble base that produces a stunning contrast. The three-inch dial is the right size for small rooms or already-crowded shelves.

The Harbour Master Time-Only Clock

Harbour Master Time-Only Clock

If you admire the style of the Ship’s Bell but could do without mariner chimes, the Harbour Master mantel clock is the elegant clock for your mantel. It uses a special 16E mechanical time-only movement and is mounted on a traditional mahogany hardwood base. The appearance is similar to the Ship’s Bell with a silvered dial, black Arabic numerals, full-moon hands and hinged bezel. It’s now available at a special lowered price.

Chelsea Clock is known worldwide as the best mantle clock brand because of the skill and care put into every timepiece. Our mantel clocks are handcrafted in the U.S. using the finest materials and are hand-lacquered for a beautiful finish. We also offer personalized mantel clocks with an engraved name, message or logo. Shop for these and many other clocks in our online store.