Simple, stylish classic late Victorian mantel clock with clean clear roman numeralled dial. It is in good condition generally but with the familiar slight chips to the plinth corner (see picture), normal wear on a clock which is over a century old. Recently serviced, it is ideal to grace a smaller room and attractively priced.
Black marble clocks became popular in the UK when Queen Victoria lost her husband, Prince Albert, She and the country went into a prolonged state of mourning. Black cloths were draped across parlours, the queen dressed in black and her subjects did their bit by buying all things black. They even painted ornaments black.
Generally known as black slate clocks by the trade the stone is in fact neither marble nor slate. It is a Belgian calcite with a slightly porous texture. Marbe is a much harder and impervious stone and these clocks were often inlaid with genuine marble to give them a little style and colour, gildings or engravings.
Dimensions: H – 22.5cms W – 20cms D – 13cms
£125.00 plus p&p
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