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Could your furnishings benefit from a spot of TLC? At Clock Repairs Bangor we offer a professional and experienced furniture restoration service that showcases your clock in all its glory.

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Re Silvering

  • Grandfather clock dials

  • English clock dials

  • Silvered watch dials

  • High grade silver only used

Guilding

  • Expert Guilding to quality French clocks

  • Bracket clock finials

  • Other quality items considered

Brass Polishing

  • French clocks

  • Brass clocks

  • Antique fittings

  • Door furniture

Furniture Restoration

  • Grandfather clock cases

  • Most other clock cases

  • Carving

  • Wood turning

  • Cleaning and polishing

  • Small items of furniture

English Clocks

In the early days of the  18th century English house clocks, bracket clocks were of outstanding quality away above virtually  any other country e.g Holland- France. The heyday of the English clock making, believe it or not, was 1660-1740. The golden age of clock making never surpassed.

 

Examples are scarce and expensive. I have seen a few, but never owned one. Later examples of the 1700's still come with a premium and it's well worth owning one. Repairs to these fine clocks demand the utmost care and restoration is in keeping with their age.

 

Moving along, Victorian examples are still reasonably accessible many with good substantial movement, striking, chiming and repeating. It just seems if properly serviced and cleaned, these examples could last forever.

 

All this English quality came at a price. By the 1880's the decline was inevitable with the masses of cheap import clocks with so many different  types especially from America and Germany.

French Clocks

Typically the most decorative of all antique clocks and common in many shapes and sizes. Early clocks prior to 1850 have a distinct quality to the case and movement. The regency style and brass clocks often with bronze guilded figures will often carry a hefty premium.

 

The quality of these early clocks makes it  a joy to see and restore.

 

With the later clocks the movements certainly have not suffered. In reality brass clocks probably have the most production. Many were bronzed to give a long lasting finish and many have survived more than 100 years in excellent condition.

 

Never try to clean a clock case with a metal brush or a scouring pad.

 

Many French come in clock sets, always check that the ornaments match the clock.

If you go to purchase a French clock (or any clock) check it is working and comes with its pendulum.

 

Clock Services generally can reset most French movements.

 

Brass cases we can clean and restore.

 

Gilding quality clocks is one of the specialised services offered at clock services.

 

Please do not repaint your clock with gold lacquer or paint.

Carriage clocks are one of the most popular of all antique clocks do have a charm all of their own; decorative, old and interesting and are fairly good time keepers.

 

Carriage clocks mean a portable clock, moved from room to room or a journey. Travelling clocks have been about for some centuries.

 

We now know them typically to have a brass case, four glass sides and a small panel showing the balance timekeeping.

 

After many years the balance is broken or just wears out. This problem can be overcome with restoration and the movement can be restored at this time.

 

Movement cleaning would usually need to be done every 20-30 years.

 

This is the expected time your carriage clock would last after servicing at Clock Services.

Carriage Clocks

Musical Boxes

  • Disc musical boxes

  • Musical clocks

  • Singing birds

 

A musical box is a device for the mechanical production of music. In practice the musical box comprises a series of such elements arranged in such a manner that a scale of musical sounds might be produced.

 

From its early beginnings as a novelty edition to a time piece, the musical box came into its own about 1820 and the musical box was born. The early musical boxes with their amazing movements were housed in plain fruitwood or pine stained boxes.

 

All early musical boxes up until 1860 were key wound then the level wind took over completely by 1840 the enclosed movements were protected with a glass lid or cover. As time progresses movements became more complicated with many additions such as bells and drums. The cases improved mostly rosewood with line decoration inlay up to the really fanciful boxes of 1880's.

 

Switzerland was the main producing area as with the early production of musical watches and clocks. The leading manufacturer by far was Nicole Frares. Fortunately all Nicole boxes were signed and numbered and we can date any of their boxes to within a year. This gives us a great knowledge into the many changes in style and workings. We have one Nicole Frarer in our collection dating to 1840. The death nell of the musical box came in 1885 with the invention of the disc musical box; polyphon, symphonian etc. With the advantage to buy different discs with different tunes it became very popular for about 20 years. Restoration of these instruments is available at clock services, cleaning servicing ad full restoration.

 

Never ever try to remove any part of a musical box movement without professional advice.