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Clock and Barometer Repair

  • We repair all kinds of clocks. The following is a rough guide to minimum prices for various styles. A free estimate will be given for your clock.
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 8-day Longcase Clocks
 

  • A full overhaul will normally be necessary unless the clock has been recently serviced.
    The following is included in the price of a full overhaul:

    • I will collect your clock free if you live within 30 miles of Halstead.
    • The movement is examined and completely dismantled.
    • All necessary repairs will be carried out in the style of the original.
    • Worn pivot holes are bushed and pivots repaired and polished as required.
    • The movement is cleaned, with conservation the first priority. (see below)
    • The movement is reassembled, new lines fitted, and tested for at least a week.
    • The clock is delivered, set up and adjusted in your home.
    • The clock is guaranteed for 1 year.

    Price for 8 day longcase - from £450


 Other Clocks

    A similar service will be provided for other types, but the price for repair of smaller clocks does not include collection and delivery. Arrangements can be made if necessary.

    Price, from:

    Carriage clock, French, timepiece

    £100

    Carriage clock, French, strike or alarm

    £150

    Carriage clock, French, repeating      

    £180

    Carriage clock - replace platform       

    £100

    English fusee wall or bracket timepiece 

    £150

    English Double fusee wall or bracket clock      

    £300

    English Triple fusee wall or bracket clock     

    £450

    English longcase, 30 hour       

    £300

    French mantel timepiece 

    £90

    Striking French mantel clock

    £150

    Vienna Regulator, timepiece     

    £100

    Vienna Regulator, 2 train      

    £150

    3 train chiming mantel clock     

    £300


     

Barometers

 

Both mercury and aneroid barometers can be repaired and restored.

Prices will vary according to the work required, but will generally be from £60 uowards

Please email for details


 

 

Conservation

Antique clocks are unique objects - they are expected to keep working and telling time even when they are 2 - 300 years old. To achieve this without damage they must be dismantled and cleaned regularly. There is a natural temptation to polish the brass to a mirror finish, but the only parts of a clock that need polishing are where two metal surfaces are moving against each other - the pivots and pivot holes, gear teeth, and parts of the escapement. All other polishing is purely cosmetic and damaging to the clock as it removes the surface of the metal and the protective patina of oxide.

  • Polishing

If a clock is in sound condition with no sign of destructive corrosion, I prefer to avoid any abrasive cleaning or polishing of the clock plates and other surfaces, if the owner of the clock agrees. It doesn't look so pretty, but it will retain its history and work just as well.

An exception is made in the case of carriage clocks, skeleton clocks and the like which were designed to show off the polished movement, but because they are usually in a protective case or cover, less aggressive techniques are necessary.

  • Dial and hands

The dial and hands of a clock are always on show, and their appearance is more important. The owner of the clock will be asked to decide on the degree of restoration required, but I always prefer a minimal approach where possible.
Painted dials often have damage and corrosion under the paint and need expert restoration to prevent further deterioration.

  • Old repairs

Clocks have often had bodged repairs done over the years. Whether to leave them or restore the part in the correct original style can be a difficult judgement. If it is functioning correctly and is not too offensive I will leave it alone. The owner will be informed of such decisions.

 


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