March 2, 2016

Before & After

Sometimes, fixing a movement (the inside mechanical part of your clock) is the easy part of clock repair. Many times we see clocks that have been left in attics, garages, basements, or storage buildings. These clocks may have the finish pealing off. The finish is often fused with dust, turning it nearly black. It may be missing veneer or the case may be falling apart.

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.

That said, some clocks are in such desperate condition that their historical value has already been compromised. If part of a case has to be manufactured in order to complete the clock, we can handle that. We always make every effort to “do no harm” and keep your clock as historically accurate as possible.

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.

In restoring this clock, we put the crown back on top, manufactured a new perch, put a period decal on the glass door, replaced the dial, and restored the finish. Of course, we cleaned and regulated the movement, and now it tirelessly serves the purpose for which it was made.

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.

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