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Antique Clock Repairs

Long Case or Grandfather clock Repair The customer is kept informed, as work progresses, of any unforeseen developments and permission is sought to continue with the clock repairs to the clock, if this involves further cost. Worn clock parts are repaired or replaced using, for example, yellow cast brass or similar materials in keeping with the item. However, it is beneficial and maintains the value of the clock if the original clock parts can be saved, therefore this is always a priority.

All work is fully guaranteed and priced competitively.

Horological Repair Service

Clockmaker / Restorer

Clock Repairs and Restoration, to Antique Clocks / Barometers and Barographs and Music Boxes

New or Missing Antique Parts are made only for the clocks that we restore.

Clock Wheel and Pinion Cutting

Brass Dials Re-silvered / Restored

Trevor J. Lowes

37 Green End, Haughton Green, Denton, Manchester. M34 7PT

ENGLAND

Tel: 0161 336 5215

Mobile: 07759 0800 05

Clock Repair Please Note

At hrs-clocks.co.uk we constantly receive e-mails enquiring about the provision of clock parts items such as  suspensions, mainsprings, etc

These are items that we purchase ourselves for our own clock repairs and can be obtained from a material house see clock repair links above

We specialise in clock repairs and restoration, the clock parts we make at hrs-clocks UK consists of anything that is broken or missing and cannot be obtained from a material houses. An example of this would be wheels and pinions and most of the items we make are for antique clocks.

We are also being asked to provide Valuations from written descriptions. This is not possible as we would have to view the article physically, as would any other reputable company.

A Typical 8 Day Long Case or Grandfather Clock Repair

 

A clock repair and service Clock repairs and restoration
Clock repairs Long case / Grandfather clock test stand

 

The clock is completely dismantled then cleaned and rinsed ultrasonically

 in top brand none water based propriety fluids and then

attended to in stages.

 

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Stage 1

Firstly all internal items i.e. between the plates, are laid to one side and checked

for wear. These items are then brightened up by hand and any rust removed

from steelwork paying particular attention to the escape wheel for bent or short

teeth. Next we burnish any worn pivots and replace those that are badly

worn. The barrels are assembled noting any excessive wear and removing

any old clock line knots left in the barrels as these can come out and trap

 the great wheel when winding. We have had as many as 23 knots in

one clock.

 

Stage 2

Attention is now turned to fitting all the newly treated internals into the clock

plates marking all worn bushes including the pallet arbor and back cock. We

then make sure that any oval holes are pulled back on centre and then the

 clock is bushed where needed after checking that no one has inadvertently

moved over the rear centre arbor bush in the past. This causes the hands

of the clock to become in near contact with the dial face at some point;

we also check that the centre arbour extension itself is not bent as this

can cause the same problem. Custom made bushes are installed on

clocks of high quality Bergeon brass bushes using Bergeon bushing

equipment are installed to others. The internals are again installed

and new bushes are broached. The clock trains are then spun and

tested: face up, face down, noting any stickiness and ensuring that

 the trains are free running. The pallets and back cock are fitted in

place and the escapement is roughly examined and noted for its drops

 and wear. We remove the pallets again and clamp a gauge to the inner

side of a clock plate to test the escape wheel for concentricity and

make any corrections in situ with very fine needle files and papers.

 Doing this in situ instead of using the jewellers lathe is a slower process

 but we find it to be more accurate if the escape wheel is only a small

amount out of true or has a couple of high teeth. Next the pallets

and faces are attended to, polished and/or rebuilt as required,

so that when the escapement is correctly adjusted the pallet arbour

 is horizontal to the clock plates. If the back cock has had its screw holes

elongated then it is pinned to stop it moving. When all is satisfactory

the clock is dismantled again and the clock plates are brightened up,

the trains refitted, and the strike train is timed. The gathering pallet is

left on in its correct position and the plates are pinned. At this stage the

 clock is oiled with quality clock oil.

 

Stage 3

Next all items belonging to the front plate are brightened up and any rust

removed. The front pivots or stub arbors are refitted, then the minute wheel

with its thrust. We then refit the hour wheel bridge making sure that the bridge

pipe is not binding on the minute wheel extension. Next the minute hand and

collet is fitted and checked for the correct amount of tension applied to the

thrust washer; also that the hand collet is of the correct thickness so that the

front of the minute wheel is not binding on the back of the bridge. We also

check that the reverse minute wheel is in mesh and in line with the minute

wheel. The hand is removed and the hour wheel fitted checking for wear and

alignment. All the strike levers have their working faces smoothed and

polished and the rack and tail is checked for any movement. All items on

 the front plate are then fitted including both hands, noting the striking

sequence with its snail and correcting any misalignment.

 

Stage 4

When all is to our satisfaction the gut line is fitted whilst carefully ensuring not

to score the clock line. The seat board is fitted followed by the bell stand and

 bell. The crutch is checked to the suspension block and bridge. The clock is

now set up on a test stand and run. After approximately thirty minutes

the clock is checked for recoil and the amount of pendulum swing. The dial

 is fitted a day or so later after ensuring that the movement is correct and

running properly. All clock repairs are treated in similar manner.

 

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HRS-Clocks is a family business

Owned and managed by

Trevor John Lowes who is based in Denton North West of Manchester U.K. Close to Hyde and Ashton Under Lyne.

We do not Sell clocks or barometers but specialize in the repairs and restoration of these items, at our workshop using both traditional and modern techniques either hand crafted or with the help of specialist machinery emulating a missing, worn out or broken clock part to the style and shape of the old masters. We aim to offer a high standard of service to the trade and public at a quality combative price that has a full guarantee.

The business was established in 1997 and the web site came shortly after.

We are open Monday - Friday 9.45 am - 5.00 pm

Saturday - Sunday 10.30 am - 1.30 pm by Appointment

HRSclocks

Clock repair workshop

At the clock repair workshop the most delicate of antique repair work is carried out on Clocks Barometer, Barographs and Musical Boxes

This is where all the clock repairs and cutting equipment is undertaken. If you have a clock that is missing a part, or wanting a clock repair / restoration work to its movement, or any clock wheels cutting, then please contact us. If you would like to enquire about anything you see on offer or a clock repair quote then please : Telephone

0161-336-5215

Driving directions to the workshop can be found in the above links.

Restoration Repairs and Parts for Antique Clocks

Clock Wheels and Pinions cut on site

Brass Dials Re-silvered / Restored

clock repair repairs and restoration

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