Antique Clock Parts

Terry Hurley
Antique brass clock

Whether you have a collection of antique clocks or a clock that is a treasured family heirloom handed down through the generations, there may be a time when you need antique clock parts to keep your timepiece running smoothly for many years to come.

Parts for Antique Clock Repairs

Although there are many antique clock collectors that do some, or all, of their own clock repairs, there are also many that have a professional clockmaker make any necessary repairs. If the antique clock is a common one, a clockmaker may have the parts needed for repair in his inventory. However, with the thousands of clocks, manufacturers and clock parts, it is more likely that the parts will have to be ordered from a supplier or distributor that specializes in parts for antique clocks. Even if you decide to have the repairs made by professional clockmaker, locating the needed parts yourself and bringing them with you to the clock repair shop is often a good way to reduce the cost of the clock repair.

Whether you are making the clock repairs yourself or taking the repair parts to a clockmaker, you must first identify the clock and determine the parts that need to be replaced or repaired. Most collectors prefer to keep their antique clocks as legitimate as possible by using original parts rather than new reproduction parts. With the exception of rare antique clocks, most parts needed for repair or restoration of collectible antique clocks are available although they may be difficult to find.

Where to Find Antique Clock Parts

There are many websites that specialize in parts for antique clocks.

The Clocksmiths

The Clocksmiths carries a wide selection of original and authentic parts for a variety of antique clock manufacturers and styles. The following are the general categories of clock parts they offer:

  • Dials
  • Bezels
  • Pendulums
  • Movements
  • Case parts
  • Feet
  • Lions heads
  • Side and front decorations
  • Columns
  • Column trim
  • Clock hands
  • Porcelain beat indicator
  • Gongs
  • Bells
  • Chime rods
  • Chime rod locks
  • Brass pulley sets
  • Front case doors
  • Door handles
  • Door catches
  • Glass
  • Rear doors
  • Glass
  • Spring wire
  • Taper pins
  • Crutch
  • Crutch plates
  • Pendulum Crutch Assembly
  • Eight day springs
  • Thirty day springs
  • Cuckoo bellows
  • Grommets
  • Hooks and rings
  • NOS Alarm keys
  • Screws
  • Nails
  • Suspension bridges
  • Knobs
  • NOS keys

In addition to clock parts, The Clocksmith also offers a beautiful selection of antique and vintage:

  • Clocks
  • Wristwatches
  • Pocket watches for sale
  • Clock restoration projects
  • Wristwatch restoration projects
  • Pocketwatch restoration projects

Frankenmuth Clock Company

The Frankenmurth Clock Company, located in Frankenmurth, Michigan, specializes in German Black Forest cuckoo clocks, anniversary clocks and German novelty and miniature clocks. They also carry a large selection of parts and movements for those types of clocks. The Frankenmuth Clock Company also carries more than a dozen repair and reference books including:

  • ''Black Forest Clock Maker and the Cuckoo Clock'' by Karl Kochmann which includes movement identification drawings, restoration and repair information and the history of cuckoo clocks
  • ''Clock & Watch Trademark Index of European Origin'' by Karl Kochmann
  • ''Ingraham Clocks and Watches'' by Tran Duy Ly which includes photographs of Ingraham
  • clock movements
  • ''Lenzkirch Clock Factory: Winterhalder & Hofmeier Clocks'' by Karl Kochmann
  • ''Sketches and Bench Notes on Antique and Out of Production Clocks'' by Bill Tipton

Timesavers

Timesavers offers a mixture of original and reproduction antique clock keys and parts. Features of Timesavers include:

  • An online catalog
  • A key conversion chart
  • Antique clocks for sale

Back in Time

Back in Time offers parts for antique clocks, refurbished movements and reverse painting restoration. Clock parts carried by Back in Time include the following manufacturers:

  • Ansonia
  • Sessions
  • Gilbert
  • Seth Thomas
  • New Haven
  • Ingrahm
  • Waterbury
  • Globe Clock Company
  • Broadman
  • Hermle
  • Gustav Becker
  • Kieninger
  • Jauch - refurbished movements
  • Urgos - refurbished movements for grandfather clocks

Resources for Antique and Vintage Clock Parts

Antique Clock Parts