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.
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
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.