Antique Clock Repairs,
James B. McKenna
Specializing in the Restoration and Sales of 18th and 19th Century Clocks
Most clock restorations that come in are of the period types.
Below are examples of those I have restored in my shop.
DAVID WOOD, NEWBURYPORT, MASSACHUSETTS Ca. 1820
As received for restoration
Movement restored and ready to be delivered to collector
WILLIAM MOLYNEUX, LONDON Ca. 1820
William Molyneux was in business Ca. 1820 in London, England. This movement has been restored and is ready to be delivered. However the dial is discolored and the blackwax has deteriorated over the years as well as the silvering of the dial. The question that comes up with any antique clock is the condition of the overall clock. The condition of the case, and brass ornaments. When the case is distressed, restoring the dial can take away from the value of the clock. Thus we would have a restored dial in a case that would need restoration. The two will not blend together.
My suggestion to my client, was to leave the dial as is and keep it original with the case. Dial restoration is performed all the time. In some cases, we must refrain from doing so. A replaced paper dial as a repainted one will always depreciate for certain, the value of the time piece and or the clock.