Detail of an antique clock face

Advice on caring for antique clocks and timepieces from the British Antique Dealers' Association.


Winding antique clocks

Clocks perform better if they are kept running. So, regular winding is essential.

Take care when winding, and be sure to use the correct size key.

When winding spring driven bracket and mantle clocks, be sure to hold the clock steady.

When winding weight driven longcase clocks, open the trunk door to enable you to see that the weights do not foul the case or pendulum.
 

Correcting time

When correcting the time, on all antique clocks, only turn the hands clockwise.

This is particularly important when correcting the time on striking clocks.
 

Placing antique clocks

The positioning of an antique clock, within the home, is very important.

Direct sunlight, damp conditions, and exposure to extreme heat, or cold, can cause severe damage.

Although common, one of the worst places to locate an antique clock is on a mantelpiece, above a working fireplace.

Dust and soot can clog sliding or moving parts, so it is wise to place clocks in a box, or display case, when not in use.


Moving antique clocks

Caring for Antique clocks and timepieces

Clocks are precision instruments and can easily be damaged by sudden movement, or knocks.

To reduce risk, long case clocks and wall mounted clocks should be securely fastened to the wall.

We recommend using specialist shippers when relocating a valuable antique clock. 
 

Maintenance & repair

Clocks, in good condition, require very little maintenance.

Any servicing, or restoration work, should only be entrusted to a qualified horologist, who specialises in antique clocks.

Your nearest BADA dealer will be able to recommend a suitable craftsman.


To view dealers who specialise in clocks click here

To browse a selection of clocks online click here

For advice on caring for antique barometers click here

For BADA recommended specialists in packing and shipping antiques and fine art click here