We are Nigel Barnes and Karo Ilmonen: We specialise in early hand-made clocks: Karo provides a clock repair, restoration and conservation service at here own work-place and Nigel (retired) researches and writes about clocks and answers queries.
Our antique clock repair and restoration work
Antique clock repair or restoration should be appropriate to the age, status and value of the clock. Sometimes for the rarer and more valuable, conservation is a consideration.
Karo restores all types of mechanical clock using traditional methods. The restoration methods we use are basically the same as the original construction methods. Careful antique clock restoration entails historical reseach, and detailed record keeping so that future conservers will understand our part of the legacy of historical repair work.
We give tuition and run courses on all aspects of antique clock restoration, including clock cases, veneers and French polish etc. In addition we run courses in clock repair, clock case repair, country chair making etc.
We’re always happy to answer any question and queries to do with antique clock repair and restoration. We also give advise about furniture styles, dating, market values and trends.
Apart from antique clock repair Karo also works on clock cases , especially the cases of longcase (grandfather) clocks: Nigel and Karo have written a book about making and repairing clock cases to be published by Crowood Press in mid 2015.
We are both professional status committee members of the Irish Horological Craft Forum
Clocks need regular servicing to keep them in good working order and prolong life: If your clock is due for its regular overhaul and lubrication contact us and we can talk over what’s involved.
Almost all mechanical clocks could now be considered as historically significant. We prefer to specialise in rare and valuable horological heritage items where the precise rules and protocols of restoration and conservation apply.
We are happy to give advice about any antique clock re[air and restoration work and explain the cost.
Antique Sourcing – Auctions
If you need to source a piece of antique furniture, contact us and we’ll help you find it. We recommend pieces at auction and we’ll give you a quotation for restoration before you bid.
Clocks for Sale
Joseph Rose Bracket clockRead More
Irish Mantle clock by James Mangan, Cork€850.00 Add to cart
Dublin Longcase clock by P B Hand€3,350.00 Add to cart
Richard Stone Thame longcase clock€4,200.00 Add to cart
James Calver Diss longcase clock€7,300.00 Add to cart
M Keer Barker Beccles longcase clockRead More
Joseph Knibb copy lantern clockRead More
Eureka electric shelf clockRead More