Antique Clock and Furniture Restoration Specialists.

Antique Clock Repairs, Longcase Clock Movement & Case Restoration, Serving Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Suffolk.


Based in Hertfordshire and Suffolk, we offer Antique Movement, Clock Case and furniture restoration and repairs across the UK. We are experts in the restoration and valuation of extremely damaged rare and valuable 17th and 18th-century antique longcase clocks, more widely known as grandfather clocks. We are also fully accredited members of the British Antique Furniture Restorers Association and The British Watch and Clock Makers Guild .

These long case clocks very often appear at our workshop in an extraordinarily damaged fashion. In some cases they have been apart for many years.
Using materials and techniques contemporary to the period of manufacture, we can replace any missing veneer and carcass or movement parts so that even an expert would not notice the difference.

We are also renowned specialists in the restoration of fine antique furniture and works of art. We specialise in the very finest restoration work required for the restoration and conservation of antiques and art as undertaken for the Museum professions.


Antique Clock Restoration

Antique longcase clock repairs and restorations in Hertfordshire

Examples of Antique Clock Repairs

  • Repair of Longcase clocks, Grandfather clocks, wall clocks, bracket clocks, all movement work, wheel cutting etc.
  • Restoration of Vienna regulators, French mantle clocks and Fusee clocks.
  • French movements and English dial clocks.
  • Clock dial and face painting.
  • Clock cases and Dutch marquetry Work.
  • Barometer repairs.

We restore and repair all forms of antique clocks movements.

After we have restored an antique clock it is guaranteed for a year.

Antique Furniture Restoration

Antique furniture restoration and conservation, based in Hertfordshire

Examples of Antique Furniture Restoration

  • Water and oil gilding and lost wax casting, period interiors
  • Metal work, japanning, brass work.
  • Cabinet making and carving.
  • De-warping, French polishing and stain removal.
  • Veneer work, marquetry, inlay work.
  • Restoration of antique upholstery.
  • We specialise in the restoration of pre 18th century furniture.

We repair and restore fine antique furniture including regency, Georgian and Tudor furniture.

Antiques Valuations

Antiques Valuations in Cambridgeshire

Antiques Valuers

  • Probate
  • Inheritance Tax
  • Insurance
  • Fire and Flood replacement purposes


Malcolm Green, now retired, who is the founder of Green and Cockburn antique restoration is an antiques expert working from his business at He has been valuing and restoring antiques and fine art for over 45 years.



A Broken and Newly Restored Walnut Period Clock

Here is a recent example of what we do here at Green and Cockburn Antique Restoration. This clock had an unfortunate tumble down the stairs leaving it in pieces.

In the two photographs on the left you can see the condition of the clock after its fall completely and utterly smashed.

Fine antique walnut long case clock such as this circa 1670 are almost certainly worth restoring as you can see this was quite a lot of work which was once thought by the owner to be unrestorable.

After fairly intensive restoration it has now been fully repaired in our workshops in such a way that the client said you would never ever know it had been broken.

In the photograph on the right you can see the clock now fully restored standing in his hallway downstairs.

Antique walnut long case clock completely smashed

Broken Walnut period clockThe same clock after restoration using contemporary materials

We have worked on private collections of very fine antique clocks and furniture in many fine stately homes and embassies.

We excel in clock restoration and repair of movements and cases bringing them back to their original glory. Using materials, skills and techniques contemporary to the period of the piece, alongside our extensive knowledge and experience.

If an antique item is extremely damaged, perhaps by fire or flood, it may seem impossible to repair. We assure you that with our experience, we can restore even the most damaged items, and our repairs are invisible to the discerning eye or expert collector.


Japanned longcase clocks.

These fine antique japanned longcase clocks become rather distressed over the years partly because the artwork has long since faded and the gold work has long become distressed, but they can be restored even if they are in a rather bad condition.

As you can see from the following photographs this particular clock has been left for many years, the paintwork has faded the gold has lost its lustre the silvered dial has become blacked and the movement non-functioning, but as you can see from the photograph on the right it has been restored to its former glory.please see link for other photographs

Japanned long case hood before restorationJapanned hood and dial after restoration


From Minor Repairs to Complete Restoration of Antiques

We pride ourselves in what we call 'invisible' repairs. This means that if we have restored an antique table, chair or a clock case, you should not be able to see where the repair has been carried out. Please browse through our other examples of antique clock repairs and antique furniture restoration projects. We think you will agree that our repair and conservation work is of the highest standard, and you can trust us to provide the best restoration service possible with your much beloved and cherished antiques.

According to TV's Antiques Restoration Roadshow: "Malcolm Green of green and Cockburn is a multi-talented antiques restorer and is the resident clocks expert on the show and other BBC programs. Malcolm is a fully affiliated member of BAFRA and has been asked to undertake restoration of some very important antique clocks and furniture for private individuals, private collections and stately homes. His knowledge of antiques and restoration has allowed him to work for insurance companies and solicitors using his valuing skills. Though mostly to be found in his workshop, he has also found time to teach and lecture at colleges and institutions."

Testimonials from some of our satisfied clients

"I would like to thank Malcolm and his son for the wonderful restoration job they did on the hood of our grandfather clock. We couldn't have put it into safer hands. The clock hood was actually repaired in a shorter period than expected and they made a really marvelous job of a very damaged but much loved item. I cannot recommend them enough!!!!" - Anne Haines, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

"Company restored an 18c grandfather clock - I knew it was in a bad state - but when it was returned it looked superb. The clock face, the mechanism, the wood - have all been restored to its former glory. And the service was second to none. They collected the clock and delivered back - making sure it was set up correctly. No hesitation of recommending this company." - David Lightowler, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

"They have made a beautiful job of restoring an antique clock and a 18c bureau, keeping to their estimates. Great customer service and knowledgeable advice. Would heartily recommend to everyone who wants their precious family heirlooms brought back to life." - Charlie Horrell, Stevenage, Hertfordshire

"We can thoroughly recommend Green and Cockburn. Excellent work carried out by Malcolm to restore our flood damaged long case clock." - Valerie Bourne

Looking for antique clock repair or furniture restoration in Hertfordshire or Cambridgeshire? Need help or advice on antique restoration problems? Contact Green & Cockburn on …
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The British antique furniture restorers Association

We are accredited members of BAFRA, (British Antique Furniture Restorers Association).

Horologists, Conservators and Restoration Specialists To The Art, Antique And Museum Professions.

Conservation help and advice
We at Green & Cockburn are willing to help with any antique restoration project. Please contact us with your antique clocks and furniture restoration problems. Perhaps we can offer help and advice.

Historic Houses

We are Corporate members of the Historic Houses Association or HHA

Some of these fine antiques are looked after and housed in fine buildings supported by the Historic Houses Association.