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Antique Westminster Chime Mantle Clock: Herschede

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The Herschede Hall Clock Company used to make clocks to the very highest possible standards in Cincinnati, Ohio, and their clocks are still greatly prized for their workmanship and quality. This beauty, a model 20 made most likely in the 1920’s, runs perfectly and has a glorious Westminster chime. (Think Big Ben!) It chimes each fifteen minutes, with the full melody on the hour, followed by the appropriate number of strikes, on all the chime bars, to match the hour. The sound is rich and mellow – nothing tinkly about it.

This style of mantel clock is sometimes called a Napoleon, or Napoleon hat clock, because it looks like a Napoleonic hat, but it’s usually referred to as a tambour mantle clock. The silver colored face shows some wear, but the dark wood is in good condition given its age. There is lovely scroll carving in the wood on either end. It comes with its original key, which includes a larger end for winding the movement and chimes, and a smaller end to adjust the speed of the movement if necessary, and an on/off switch for the chimes. I do not believe the on/off works, though. Inside the back door to the movement are directions for use, including directions for slowing down or speeding up the chimes. The back of the clock also has a small brass plaque commemorating the Herschede Hall Company’s Gold Prize win at the Panama Pacific International Exposition in 1915.

The back of the movement is inscribed as follows:
Jan 28 – 19
Oct 21 – 19


20 inches across the base
9 inches from base to highest point in center
5.5 inches across the face
5.75 inches from front to back

Local pickup can be arranged in Chester or Lancaster Counties in Pennsylvania.

Antique Westminster Chime Mantle Clock: Herschede


  • Vintage item from the 1920s
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