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Alan our resident proffessional  clock restorer  has a few tips  .
1 A clock that is old needs  careful restoration  not a bodged job !
2 Never assume that a clock for sale  works
3 If a seller says working order  that means it ticks ... how long for ?  well it did tick when I sent it 
4 what warranty  are they offering  if any ?
5 Always ask about the movement ? servicing costs  money  ! and time 
6 Carriage clocks have balances  that cost £80  to replace ! broken parts  are not helpful
7 Does it have weights pendulum and key , if they are missing be aware that this is Trouble !
8 Buy a clock that you like  and be prepared to spend money on it  to keep it running  properly
9 If you dont know how to set up a clock  when it arrives see if there is a local clockmaker  who will come and do it for you or ask if seller will do this ? 

Please dont be put off buying an older clock  as these have the quality not found in a new clock . We sell older clocks  with a warrenty  and in most cases we never hear from buyer again . The odd clock needs tlc or just setting up right ( technical term on beat )  and it should tick evenly (not always quite straight  ) and not leaning back against a wall as the pendulum jams or rubs the case and eventually it will stop the clock . Always wind a clock right up as it wont go 8/30 days without beeing wound. The victorian idea of overwound is a myth , the springs are greased  and over time these get gummy and wont slide over themselves , then a clean is needed ! DO NOT USE WD40 on your clock it will corrode the pivots etc and do a lot of harm .

Hope this helps and if you need help  ask Alan  , he never minds anyone talking clocks....
Our website alansclocks co uk  has a list of charges to repair & service clocks Yes we do visit for larger clocks  and yes we have full business insurance  for your clock  in workshop and in transit  .

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