Antique Clock Restoration

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Antique Clock Restoration

At BAFRA, we provide access to antique clock restoration and repair specialists. Every member has been rigorously assessed and vetted. Our members are all established businesses that are fully accredited and work to the highest standards and ethics.

Antique Clock Restorers at BAFRA

Antique clock restoration is a delicate craft focused on reviving the functionality, beauty, and historical significance of timepieces from bygone eras. These clocks, often intricate and ornate, suffer from age-related wear, damaged mechanisms, faded finishes, or missing parts. BAFRA skilled restorers meticulously disassemble, clean, and repair clock movements, addressing worn gears or springs with precision. They meticulously reconstruct missing or damaged components, ensuring authenticity in design and materials. Restoration involves woodwork refinishing, metal polishing, and dial restoration to revive the clock's original aesthetics. Careful attention is paid to maintaining the patina and character that define its age and history.

Our members specialise in antique clock restoration and repair of antique clock movements bringing them back to their original glory. Using materials, skills and techniques that match the period of the piece, alongside extensive knowledge and experience. Preserving these timepieces' historical accuracy is paramount, aligning with their era's craftsmanship and technology. Expertise in traditional clockmaking techniques allows for precise repairs and authentic restoration, ensuring these heirlooms continue to tick with precision.

BAFRA antique clock restoration specialists can also undertake antique clock dial restoration to the highest standards to skilfully revive various types of antique clock dials including brass dials, silvered dials, porcelain dials, painted dials, enamel dials and damaged and rusty clock dials by applying methods involving various paint finishes to match the original. All antique clock case restoration and longcase clock repair and restoration services are of the highest standard. BAFRA provides access to experts in the restoration of 17th and 18th-century antique longcase clocks, also more popularly known as grandfather clocks.

Beyond functionality, restored antique clocks become symbols of artistry and technological innovation, often increasing in value. Each restoration not only safeguards the clock's legacy but also grants it a new lease on life, enchanting admirers with its timeless charm and historical narrative for generations to come.


Antique Clock Restoration FAQs

What is antique clock restoration?

Antique clock restoration is a meticulous craft focused on reviving and preserving vintage timepieces' functionality, beauty, and historical value. BAFRA skilled restorers delicately disassemble clocks, repairing worn mechanisms, damaged components, or faded finishes. They meticulously reconstruct missing parts, restore intricate details, and refinish casings, ensuring authenticity while retaining the clock's original character. Restoration involves a blend of traditional techniques and modern expertise, aiming to bring these heirlooms back to life, ticking with precision and grace. By honouring craftsmanship and historical context, antique clock restoration safeguards these timeless treasures, allowing them to chime through generations, narrating stories of the past.

What types of clocks can be restored or repaired?

Clock restoration and repair encompass a vast array of timepieces. BAFRA members can provide many kinds of antique clock restoration and repairs for clocks including wall clocks, carriage clocks, cuckoo clocks, mantle clocks, grandfather clocks, longcase clocks, bracket clocks, dial clocks, musical clocks and other automaton clocks. Whether ornate or minimalist, spring-driven or weight-driven, these clocks undergo restoration to address issues such as worn mechanisms, damaged casings, missing components, or aesthetic deterioration. BAFRA restorers specialise in various clock types, employing expertise in their unique mechanisms and designs to bring these diverse timepieces back to life, preserving their historical significance and functionality.

What parts of an antique clock can be restored or repaired?

In antique clock restoration, virtually all components can be restored or repaired. This includes intricate movements, worn gears, damaged springs, pendulums, hands, dials, cases, glass, and decorative elements. Our members offer a full repair and restoration service for antique clocks. Cases can be restored along with elaborate and sophisticated clock movements. The mechanism, if necessary, can be restored to its former glory, metalwork re-gilded and clock dials restored to the highest standards. They reassemble, repair, or recreate missing or damaged parts, utilising traditional techniques to maintain authenticity. Each part's restoration contributes to reviving the clock's functionality, beauty, and historical significance preserving its legacy for years to come.

How often should an antique clock be serviced by a specialist?

Antique clocks need to be serviced every 5-10 years. This ensures that they keep a good time and don’t wear out. Many antique clocks are capable of keeping an accurate time if they are properly looked after. However, the frequency might vary based on usage, environment, and the clock's condition. High-use clocks or those in harsh environments might require more frequent servicing. BAFRA specialists inspect mechanisms, lubricate moving parts, address wear, and make necessary adjustments during servicing. To reduce wear to the bushes and pivots and to keep your clock running correctly between service intervals, you should also have the clock oiled annually. Proper care extends the clock's life, ensuring accurate timekeeping and preventing potential damage. Regular professional attention safeguards these timeless treasures, allowing them to tick faithfully through the ages.

Does restoration affect the value of antique clocks?

Restoration can influence the value of antique clocks based on the quality and extent of the work. Skilful restoration, preserving authenticity and functionality, often enhances value by reviving the clock's allure and historical significance. However, an improper or excessive restoration that alters the original characteristics may diminish the value. Each restoration's impact depends on balancing authenticity, craftsmanship, and the clock's historical importance. When expertly executed, restoration can elevate the clock's value, ensuring it remains a cherished and valuable piece among collectors and enthusiasts, resonating with its timeless charm and historical narrative.

Why choose a BAFRA-accredited member for antique clock restoration?

The process of antique clock restoration requires an intimate knowledge of the techniques used in traditional clock making and experience in both the aesthetics and mechanical designs of clocks and timepieces used throughout time. Our members have been restoring antique clocks for decades and have been employed by museums, embassies and societies to undertake restoration or conservation work for important clock cases and movements. BAFRA members have in-depth knowledge based on more than 20 years of experience restoring, repairing and conserving antique clocks.

Find BAFRA Accredited Antique Clock Restoration & Repair Specialists

All accredited, full members are required to have at least five years as a conservation-restoration professional (the average member today has 23 years of experience) and pass an exacting assessment on their skills, knowledge and business credentials. Our members acknowledge the importance of continuous professional development to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments in the craft of antique clock restoration.



Every BAFRA member is an expert in their field and is actively involved in Continual Professional Development (CPD) to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments.


Every one of our members are required to have a minimum of 5 years' professional experience, although the average is well over 20 years' experience.


Honesty and authenticity are our key principles, and we ensure that all members are fully vetted and must hold appropriate insurance. We also offer a comprehensive complaints mediation service.

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