Father Time in safe hands – how to move a Grandfather clock
Just like much-loved modern items, there are certain antiques and heirlooms that can be a massive source of stress to move. They may be heavy, yet fragile, potentially stubborn, but infinitely precious. And dare we say in some cases, oddly shaped too!
That is certainly the case when it comes to grandfather clocks.
Depending on their size, these venerable antiques can weigh as much as 220 pounds. Each angle and surface of their curves and lines has the potential to be scratched. And contained within are intricate moving parts and delicate glass.
Clearly, grandfather clocks – and other long case clocks – are not something you should take lightly when it comes to moving home.
This is a situation C Wraight removals Kent understands very well, as this Kent removals firm has been moving precious heirlooms for over 70 years. The company – which also handles London removals – has been trusted with auction house deliveries and projects for English Heritage.
Grandfather clocks need to be in such safe hands throughout their move. However, here’s a few gems of wisdom to help you understand what is involved when moving your tall and heavy clock.
Preparing grandfather clocks for moves
Preparation to move a grandfather clock can take some time. It’s worth investing plenty of time and loving care into this lovely old gentleman, to make sure he arrives at your new home in full working order, with no scuffs, scratches or cracks.
Have you heard the expression that you should handle a delicate situation with kid gloves?
Well getting your grandfather clock ready for the move certainly means making sure you have cotton or other soft gloves to hand. This means you can avoid putting grease or fingerprints on parts of the delicate anatomy.
Carefully dismantling to make restoration possible
You should try to carefully dismantle any moving parts, to be packed separately in a protective substance, with clear labels ready to help with reconstruction. This could include, for example, the weights, pendulum, shelving and keys.
It is sad to report that some folk find themselves moving into a new home with a grandfather clock missing parts or with mechanisms damaged beyond repair. It’s a job best left to the experts if the thought of restoring him to his former splendor puts you in a cold sweat when you move your grandfather clock!
Softly wrapping grandfather clocks for the move
If there are decorative features that can’t be taken off, then add extra padding around any protrusions or fine carved features of your grandfather clock.
It also helps if you tape cardboard across the glass face – being careful not let any of the adhesive get onto the woodwork.
Then the old chap should be lovingly wrapped in a furniture blanket – a specially designed product that can protect your grandfather clock without being abrasive. Seal the clock well into the special blanket with good quality packing tape.
Keeping grandfather clocks in good shape
While the grandfather clock is waiting to be moved or placed into his new home, try to keep him upright if possible. Lying horizontally puts additional pressure on his delicate surfaces, especially the glass.
There are special wooden crates you can purchase for your grandfather clock to sit in during the move. Though a responsive specialist removal firm can commission one specifically to keep your grandfather clock safe during transit.
On some occasions, you may require storage while moving home – Our company can offer specialist and secure storage facility during the transition process.
Treat the old chap with love – get a specialist to handle him
Specialist care for grandfather clocks – and other long case clocks – when they are moving to a new location clearly involves a great deal of thought and care.
If you want to put the old chap in the safest possible hands, then please contact C Wraight for highly professional domestic removal.
We always have time to offer quotes for specialist antique removals and we will be flexible to your case.