Examples of our antique clock restoration and conservation work
We undertake and specialise in the restoration of antique longcase clocks, but we do repair all antique clocks from small domestic items up to and including clocks from churches, cathedrals, country homes and other large buildings. This includes
- Long case clocks (grandfather clocks), bracket clocks, Vienna regulators, French and American mantle clocks, wall clocks ...
- Clock movements, French movements, Fusee including the making replacement parts, wheel cutting...
- Clock dials and faces
- Clock cases including Dutch Marquetry restoration
- Re-gilding ormolu clocks and the replacement of missing parts by lost wax.
French ormolu clock restoration.
Below you can see a French clock which came in for restoration this clock has missing parts such as one wing from the cherub and two wings from the butterfly at the front, these parts have to be made using the lost wax principle.
These items are then added to the clock which is then gilded.
Below you can see the two wings which have been remade and fitted to the butterfly, the clock has been gilded in 24 carat gold.
These French clocks often have items such as the dial and side panels which are painted and enamelled these items are very often broken we repair these in such a way as that one would never ever know they have been broken.
In the picture below on the left you can see a broken enamelled panel.
And in the picture on the right the repaired and enamel panel inserted into the gilded clock.
Below you can see the restoration completed, the missing wings have been replaced the clock has been gilded in 24 carat gold and the movement has been thoroughly overhauled.
Grandfather clock or long case restoration work undertaken on the case work.
This oak long case clock hood came in for restoration without the rest of the clock as this was broken by a removal company who decided to have it repaired hopefully after they had informed the client.
Round mouldings of this sort are very hard to reproduce partly because they were scratched with a blade To the profile in what is known as a scratch stock.
This device is a right angled device like a set square with a slit in it that takes the metal profile with which the timber is cut to the shape and then scratched, the timber then has to be stained and coloured and aged to match the surrounding service.
Below you can see the hood after the restoration job has been completed.
The timber has been scratched to profile coloured and aged accordingly.
Below you can see you a close-up of the work.
Walnut Longcase Clock by Williamson of London circa 1680
A fine walnut long case clock with features as used by the famous maker Thomas Tompion. This clock came to our workshop in a rather sorry condition after falling to the ground. Below you can see a picture of the damage as photographed by the client.
As you can see the clock has fallen apart. This is partly due to the weight of the clock as they are made from oak then veneered over with walnut and after a period of time the glue on the blocks holding the case together crystallises and looses its adhersion. The movement has received a heavy knock and is badly bent and broken.
After this restoration work, the clock should look in original condition as if it had been looked after and polished and loved for years. Below you can see photographs of the finished clock in the clients house.
The insurance value of these clocks generally exceeds £20,000 therefore they are certainly worth having restored well.
A clock rather similar to this was sold by P A Oxley in Wiltshire for £22,500
Fine French mantel clock circa 1840
We were called to London one-day to look at a clock that had fallen to the floor. This clock was rather important as it was bequeathed to the property from Lincoln's estate.
This clock was in a particularly bad way, the dial was broken and the movement had a bent winding shaft and the main shaft arbor was missing completely, the movement also had other broken wheels and shafts, the marble base was also broken and cracked.
Below you can see photographs of the item as we received it in a box, prior to restoration.
On the photograph on the left you see in the centre that the main arbour is broken and missing you can also see the bent shaft which corresponds with the damage on the dial in the photograph on the right just below the 3 o'clock.
Below you can see damage to the marble of the clock.
Repairing marble is often quite complicated particularly matching old marble because it has some age associated with it then of course one has to cut it and mould it.
Below you can see an example of the finished movement, dial and marble case.
Below you can see an enlarged photograph of the damaged area which is on the right-hand side winding hole the dial has been re-enamelled completely.
French Gilded Ormolu Clock
I was contacted by client who said they had a fire and their clock was damaged.
Below you can see pictures of this clock prior to restoration, the clock is covered in verdigris and rust.
This clock was burnt and then soaked by fireman, then left for approx a year of time before restoration was agreed by the insurance company.
In the pictures above you can see the condition of the clock, the movement on the right was covered in rust and verdigris and builders rubble and apparently the firemen had used the clock at some stage as a doorstop.
The movement was so rusted all the pivots had to be remade and most of the bushes had to be replaced. Most metal parts had to have the rust pitting removed and the brass cleaned to remove verdigris. The case was disassembled and each part cleaned thoroughly and then gilded using the electrolytic process.
The glass from the dial was removed using very hot water which expands the bezel. The bezel was then cleaned ready for gilding.
When this clock was originally made it was gilded using mercury but we cannot do that these days as the law does not allow it.
The brass case is cleaned and then a copper flashing is put upon the surface, it is then gilded in 24 carat gold.
Below and above you can see a picture of the movement after intense cleaning and restoration work.
The case is reassembled and the gilded bezel again reheated in hot water and the glass re-added to the bezel.
After all the work on the movement is undertaken, and after final cleaning the movement is reassembled and tested. Below you can see photographs of the finished gilded clock.
Other typical clock repairs we undertake
Below you can see the average repair undertaken in our work shop, this long case clock fell over damaging the hood and movement. This clock dates from about 1790 and is in oak with mahogany banding and a swan neck pediment.
As you can see this clock is more than just a little broken but it will be restored back to its original state below is another photograph of the same clock.
We repair and restore fine antique clocks and furniture using only traditional techniques.
Longcase clock dial before and after restoration
French ormolu clock prior to restoration and after restoration gilded in 24 carat gold.
Please see our section on restoration undertaken on some of the typical clocks damaged clocks that come into to our workshop in our section of examples of our clock repair workWe also undertake the restoration of clock dials these fine antique clock dials come in to our workshop in a rusted and damaged state these are restored in a very sympathetic manner as can be seen on our dial restoration page.
Green and Cockburn are a small company of horologists and restoration
specialists in the last 40 years we have undertaken restoration on
fine furniture works of art and clocks.
We specialise in the restoration ofAntique Long case clocks,grandfather clocks, clock movements and cases and furniture, specialising in 17th and 18th century period pieces such as the dutch marquetry clock case below.
Malcolm of Green and Cockburn is a full BAFRA member with over 37 years in the antiques restoration and valuation business. Covering all antique restoration techniques, skilled in horology and methods of finishing timber and metals. With a fully equipped workshop he also has the necessary skills to carry out gilding and carving, japanning and cabinet making. As well as providing services such as valuations on Antique items for probate or insurance.
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."
Antique restoration using original materials and techniques contemporary to their period of manufacture.
We can guarantee a perfect restoration of your valuable antique keepsakes whilst keeping in mind the need to carry out work in such a way that repair would not be noticed.
Our antique restoration is carried out to the highest standard. Why not take a look at some examples of our recent 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 do the best renovations and restorations possible with your much loved and cherished antiques.
We hold vast stocks of original timbers and materials dating back to the 16th century we also hold many brass movement parts and if we don't have them in stock we make them.
- Long case clocks, grandfather clocks, wall clocks, bracket clocks, all movement work, wheel cutting etc.
- Vienna regulators, French mantle clocks and Fusee clocks.
- Clock dial and face painting
- Clock cases and Dutch Marquetry
- Barometer etc. repairs
- 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
- Verneer work, marquetry, in lay work
- specialising in the restoration of pre 18th century furniture
Minor repairs to complete restoration...
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.
When we undertaken a repair we often correct previous repairs that may work, but are simply incorrect or unsightly and will if not corrected will definitely devalue the clock.
Below on the left you can see a photograph of a long case clock movement circa 1780 with a missing date wheel and wheel post. These date wheel arrangements were often removed as they are famous for having all sorts of problems associated with them. The snail has been removed for clarity.
On the right you can see the same eight day long case clock movement with a date wheel made and fitted. This has to correspond with the snail and a seconds wheel which is fitted to the movement dial.
Freshly made but to original spec the seconds wheel with stay and click spring.
And on the right a picture of a rather unusual eight-day Long Case Clock movement where we have replaced most of the wheels.
Below is a picture of a long case clock movement with a poor attempt at previous repairs. Soft solder has been used to make repairs and other parts have simply been bashed and dented by a hammer.
The Snail above will have to be replaced as you can see a piece of brass has been added to the edge of the one o'clock position, that is to the top left of the picture. This has been soft soldered badly and the rest of the snail is also misshapen therefore the striking sequence is irregular. You can also see the wheel below this is the date wheel.
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