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Clocks like this told the time in people’s homes, and often stood on a shelf above the fireplace, where everyone could see them. The first shelf clocks were made in France in the 1750s and were very fancy. By the 1800s factories were making plainer clocks that more people could afford to buy. This clock is from the 1920s. It has a wooden case and the face is metal, marked with the numbers one to twelve.