I specialise in; English longcase, dial and spring bracket clocks. French clocks including carriage clocks. Tower or public clocks both mechanical and electric.
I am fortunate to have experience of working on a great variety of English long case clocks. Some by the greatest English makers Thomas Tompion said to be the ‘father’ of English clock making.
The work I undertake on clock mechanisms will be determined by discussions with the present owner, together we will determine a treatment plan. Usually this will involve;
- Complete disassembly and inspection allowing recording of any makers marks and scratch marks.
- Sympathetic restoration of parts that require work.
- Very light conservation clean and material stabilisation.
- Mechanism is then reassembled, lubricated and put on test.
- After a suitable testing period, the clock is returned to the present owner, along with a report which details the work that has been carried out and recommendations for the future care of the artefact.
Dial clocks and spring bracket clocks are treated in a similar manner.
Lost or broken parts can be remade in a sympathetic manner and are marked as a replacement. Sadly when clocks did not have the value that they assume today, parts were removed to cut down the cost of repair. I can replace missing moon or calendar work, strike silent mechanisms or other parts as required.