House Fire Clock Restored

Longcase Restoration – Samuel Quarman of Temple Cloud – Somerset – Circa 1770

I was contacted by a lovely couple called David and Hilmary from Blackheath who wanted to repair and restore a fine collection of clocks.

Whilst restoring two clocks, they called to tell me that their house had been destroyed in a fire, and would I be able to save their Longcase clock which had great sentimental value.

The clock had severe water damage and the heat had also caused problems. The movement had twisted and the wax in the dial had bubbled and melted.

With the help from Simon, the trusted cabinet maker, we managed to save the case. We had to remove and repair several veneers and then glue them back using a vacuum process. I managed to straighten and carry out some serious repairs to the movement which brought it back to life again.

It was quite emotional for the owners when I returned the clock, and they were quite overwhelmed with the finished works. David said, ‘it had never looked so beautiful and was extremely happy that we could save their clock.’

I have now restored all of their clocks, and they have also bought a beautiful English Trunk Dial clock from me – listed as sold – to replace one that had been totally destroyed in the fire.

Although this project brought a lump to my throat it was most satisfying to see the expression on their faces….even though some tears of joy were shed.

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