Servicing Antique Tall Case Clocks
We specialize in Service and Repair of Antique Tall Case Clocks
The most important aspect of owning a grandfather clock is to take care of the grandfather clock movements. If you need our help, we specialize in service and repair of antique tall case clocks. Generally, due to the different types of clocks available, finding the cause of the problem can be confusing. The rules are completely different for grandfather clocks that are more than 50 years old. They are classified as antiques. In case you do not feel fully confident to do this job on your own, you can always contact us. The tips below can help you fix the faulty movement of your grandfather clock, and keep it in good working condition until you need our help:
Step 1 – Checking the Weights
Examine and make sure you place the weights in the correct position. Each of the weights are created to perfectly balance your specific clock movement. Most weights in clocks newer than 40 years each weight has a marker to indicate where it should be hung. L = left, C = center and R=right.
Step 2 – The Pendulum
Sometimes the pendulum can disrupt the grandfather clock movements. If the clock is running slow move the pendulum up the shaft, and if it is running fast move it down.
Step 3 – The Moon Dial
Another cause for the inconsistency could be the moon dial. Observe the current phase that the moon is in. Now reset the moon dial with the observed moon phase. You can rotate the moon by gently pressing the dial.
Step 4 – Check to make sure the clock is Level
Check the platform where the grandfather clock has been stationed. If the platform is not level it will affect the grandfather clock movements. Adjust the leveling of the platform. Most newer clocks have adjustable feet so you can adjust each corner to make sure the case is perfectly level. Test this by observing the swing of the pendulum. If the swing is correct this problem will not resurface.
Step 5 – Moving the Clock
Constantly shifting the position could lead to problems in the grandfather clock movements. It is advisable to keep the movement of the clock to bare minimum. If you need to move the clock, get someone to help you do it together with you. Moving it on your own can create other unwanted hassles. If you intend to move the clock more than a few inches, we recommend you contact us to find out if it would be better to have us help you.
There are many issues servicing antique tall case clocks. One of the primary issues that comes from age or mishandling is the dial feet sag or break loose from the dial. This causes the face to block the winder holes or lets the dial drag on the hour wheel.
With our laser we successfully replaced and restored the broken thread section so it works as it should when it was new. This must be correct on these heavy clock faces. Contact us to schedule repair or to move your clock.
The photos below are of a John Wyld tall mid 1700’s tall case floor clock we have in our facility for restoration. These photos show how parts can fail and need expert repair:
I love the idea of owning a grandfather’s clock among antique items. It is one that I could say I want to have. I found it fascinating reading your article and seeing there are steps to cleaning and maintaining it. The pendulum and moon dial are essential parts that require extra care. Thanks for the tips that having it move from a different position is not advisable, and the common cause of the problem helps keep its mechanical parts secure.