Origin of mantel
Can be confusedmantel mantle
Examples from the Web for mantelpiece
And she said, “No, you are on fire,” and my arm had caught on fire from a candle on this mantelpiece.Stephen Merchant Talks ‘Hello Ladies’ movie, the Nicole Kidman Cameo, and Legacy of ‘The Office’|Marlow Stern|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Each of those women had a sepia photograph on the mantelpiece, of a young man in uniform.
Over the mantelpiece, that was Henry Irving, the 19th-century actor-manager who was the first English actor to be knighted.
"Sadly he ran into the wrong people and he is now on someone's mantelpiece somewhere probably," he said.William Attacks 'Selfish and Ignorant' Rhino Poachers|Tom Sykes|June 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Miss Winstead, the governess, resumed her letter, and a clock on the mantelpiece struck out seven silvery chimes.Daddy's Girl|L. T. Meade
He always in the end sank down into his box or clambered back to his mantelpiece.The Art of Letters|Robert Lynd
She rose and walked to the fireplace, her elbows on the mantelpiece, and her head back.The Daffodil Mystery|Edgar Wallace
She turned away sharply, rested her elbows on the mantelpiece and her head in her hands.The Rake's Progress|Marjorie Bowen
As he turned, his gaze encountered an oil-painting hanging above the mantelpiece.The Kingdom Round the Corner|Coningsby Dawson