Antique Clock Repair and Restoration

Every antique clock repaired by us is completely overhauled.
Clocks can stop for many different reasons and causes. However the most common reason is the degradation of oil and wear on the pivots, lifting levers, strike wheel pins and any other place where there is contact between parts. Even the slightest bit of roughness on the pivots of a clock may stop it.
When we overhaul a clock we strip the clock to its component parts checking for wear on each part and and removing the wear where necassary. Any wear is removed from pinions in the lathe using specialist files and burnishers, a process known as refacing pinions. This causes the pivots to reduce in size by hundreaths of a millimeter, left as it is this would cause movement between the pinion and wheel and cause them to bind together. This is where we fit brass bushes into the clock plate that fit the pinion measured to 1/100th millimetre, ensuring there is virtually no lateral movement of the pinion.
It is also common to find worn pivot holes that is where the pivot hole as worn into an elongated shape this can case the pinion to bind in the pivot hole or again between the wheel and the pinion. When this occurs the pivot hole must be recentered and then bushed as previously described.
Fusee and grandfather clocks barrels are relined where necessary.
In spring driven clocks we repair or where necessary replace broken main springs using specialised equipment to avoid spring damage.

Where pinions are worn it may be possible to move the pinion so that the wheels run on an unworn part. This is not always possible in which case new pinions and arbors can be cut.
In the event of broken wheels it may also be necessary to cut new wheels.
The clock is then reassembled, the escapement and striking mechanisms adjusted and then the clock is run for the minimum of a week.
We provide estimates free of charge before we undertake any work. If when repairing / overhauling your clock, we come across any unforeseen repairs which will incur extra cost we will always call you first to explain the options and any implied costs.

Clock Dial Restoration

Many clocks have brass dials. Most clocks with a metallic silvered appearance are brass dials that have been silvered.
For example Grandfather / Long Case clocks with brass back plates and silvered chapter rings or completely silvered Bracket Clock dials.
The silvered finish becomes worn and blackened over time, we can restore a tired looking dial to its original condition.
During restoration we dismantle the dial and take each part back down to its base brass layer. We then polish or clean the parts. The silvered parts are then treated to restore the silvered appearance and laqured to ensure the longevity of the finish. Painted dials can be touched up where there are chips or more extensive restorations can sympathetically be carried out.

Clock Case Restoration

We provide a case restoration service by one of the most skillful cabinet makers we know of. We can carry out minor repairs and polishing to rebuilding broken cases.

Pinion and wheel cutting

Where possible we move pinions and wheels to run on good parts of the pinion. This may not be possible or pinions and / or wheels maybe broken. In this case we cut new pinions / arbors and remount the wheels on the new arbours.
Where wheel are broken we can repair the wheel and, where this is not possible, can cut a new wheel.

How do I go about getting a repair estimate?

You can bring your clock to our workshops in either Hexham Market Place or Alnwick on the corner of Fenkle Street and Narrowgate (see here for opening times). Leave it with us for a week or so and we will call you with an estimate to repair your clock.
You can call us on 01434 602106 and we will collect it and call you with an estimate.

Either way if you decide not to proceed with the repair you won't be charged.