Our approach to case restoration is to make the clock look like it has been well-cared-for but not restored. We never want to make the clock look like it just came off the assembly line at the clock factory. That would ruin its historical value; plus it has earned that patina and deserves to keep it.
This is a Sessions Home No. 1 clock, manufactured in 1919. The finished was dirty and pealing off. The clock’s perch was missing. The crown had been removed and placed underneath to form a base of sorts. The movement was very dirty and it did not run.
This is an example of a clock at the extreme end of restoration. Hopefully, all your clock needs is a cleaning and a waxing. In any case, we will always consult you, provide our opinion, and give you options before any restoration.