Specializing in complete movement and case restoration. Early tall case and English Bracket clock movements cleaned with NON-AMMONIATED cleaners only, to prevent damage to early cast brass and hand-fabricated components. Traditional movement polishing techniques used for fine German, English Bracket, and Vienna clocks. Case restoration materials match those of relevant period. No substitutes. Chelsea movements carefully cleaned to preserve gold plating and protect delicate escapements.
We have restored historic clocks from 15th century French clocks to 18th century English tall clocks for many customers. These clocks have unique problems created by a combination of centuries of wear and work done by well-meaning clock repair folks over the course of the clock’s history. Often we find challenging depthing problems caused by worn wheels or improperly done rebushing.
Escapement problems are common with historic clocks. Escape wheels are often damaged, teeth bent or improperly replaced, crown wheels improperly cut or set, fabricated from incorrect materials, or otherwise damaged. Each problem must be carefully diagnosed and solved before the next problem can be identified and resolved. It is painstaking and requires great patience. But the results are worth it. Seeing these clocks come back to life with an assurance that they will function properly for many decades is an experience like none other in clockmaking.
We’ve found it necessary to fabricate replacement levers, bridges, posts, arbors, pinions, wheels and other components. When we do, great effort is expended to replicate the material properties, the original cosmetic details, and even defects of the original part. This is where we are unique and excel past nearly every other clock restoration service.