Advice please on how to transport a long case clock.
AFAICR it is about 6'6'' tall and about 16'' square. The power(?) is
provided by a weight rather than a spring.
I do not know if the movement and housing are removable from the case,
but my its' owner thanks they may be.
I'm going to look at it today so can investigate further if prompted
with the right things to look for.
Aesthetically it's rather attractive and has all number of little
windows in the face with moon phases and calendar information.
Is it an old or valuable clock? This is an important question.
Carefully remove the hood. Take off the weights. Remove the
pendulum. Ensure nothing is going to fall off. Plan how you
are going to move the clock, including where you are going
to hold it when doing so. Ascertain what is fragile and what
can be handled. Transport upright.
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Whatever you do, keep those weights well away from the clock. My father
had a long case shipped out to us in NZ after my Great Uncle died. The
shippers just left the weights loose in the case and they did some
considerable damage to the wood and glass. It needed some restoration
anyway, but not that much. In ours the mechanism was removable through
the back once the weights were removed and the chains brought up. So I
would recommend you remove it and pack separately as otherwise it might
move inside the case of its own accord.
Since my father's death, I have inherited said clock and am facing the
prospect of arranging its return to this country. It's currently at my
sister's place. She says she has a shipper who knows how to do it
properly this time.
Anyone got any ideas on how a late 18thC clock will react to a centrally
School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Scotland
In almost all cases the movement is removable, first remove the hood,
then unhook the weights and remove the pendulum, then simply lift off
the movement (the seat board is not usually fixed in place). The case
can then be simply transported as a piece of delicate furniture.
Transport the movement in a protective box keeping it upright.
Take care on reassembly, levelling the case and movement, it may take
some adjustment to the pensulum to get the tick even after moving.
Take sensibly precautions and they are not that delicate...they have
lasted 200-300 years of mistreatment after all!
Fully wind the clock before removing the weights, then remover the pendulum,
box weights on there own, put movement in a box 3-4 inches too big and pack
with screwed up newspaper.
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