Antique Clock Repair and Restoration Specialists

Antique Clock Dial Restoration

We at Green and Cockburn Antique Restoration undertake dial restoration to the highest standard. Our dial restoration service is only provided if required, alongside clock or movement restoration.

This is partly due to the time needed to restore an individual dial. The fees to provide this service within the required time will likely outweigh the monetary gain after restoration. We therefore only offer this service as part of a greater restoration project.

An example of our dial restoration.

Detail of dial showing moon phasesShowing same dial but other section of the moon phases

Below you can see the very worn and dilapidated dial of a fusee clock. This dial required intensive restoration as it was badly damaged and dented.

Here are the before and after photographs. The dial has been painted and lacquered. The numerals and chapter rings added.

Damage fusee dialfusee dial after restoration


Antique clock dial after restoration eight day clock dial after restorationEmbassy dial before restorationAmerican Embassy Clock after restoration

Examples of Antique Clock Dial Restoration

In addition to our clock movement and case restoration services, we repaint and restore clock dials. This work involves various paint finishes to match the original, and enamel dial restoration which involves re-firing techniques.

Enamel dial restoration is in fact porcelain restoration, and uses similar techniques. A damaged enamel dial can be restored back to its original condition without any signs of repair. The priority for us, as with any restoration, is that the cost of this process remain within the value of the complete item.

Our Dials Are Restored Using Traditional Techniques

We undertake dial painting and clock silvering using methods contemporary to the piece. We only use paint and pigments of the period, with a remarkable likeness to the original artist's technique. On Scottish dials we also lay gold leaf as per the original dial.

A 30 hour dial from a single-handed movement circa 1660.

This dial is from a 30 hour long case clock circa 1660 with a birdcage movement these clocks were originally called wag on the wall clocks were placed on a plinth on the wall.

Because they fell off quite often around 1700 they were placed into cases the dial in the photograph required restoration of the spandrels which were gilded, the silver work such as the chapter ring was silvered using silver sulphate as would have been done originally.

In the first photograph on the left you can see the unrestored dial and the photograph on the right you can see the dial after restoration work, these early clocks only had one hand

30 hour dial before restoration30 hour dial after restoration


A rather damaged eight-day dial with moon phases, before and after restoration.

Dial befalls silveringFreshly gilded and silvered dial


On the left a newly cut wheel on the right the old wheelPhases wheel after restoration

More Before and After Examples of our Clock Dial Restoration Work

The above longcase dial on the left was extremely damaged and rusty, and was originally painted in what we call a provincial naive style. This has been skillfully revived using ultraviolet light to view the original art underneath. The first picture shows the dial before, and the second picture shows the dial after repair using gold under the artwork as is with the original design.

rusty dialDamage dial after restoration painted in the naive styleDial before restorationAntique clock dial after restoration


Dirty dialdirty clock dial after restoration


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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.