To Repair, or Not to Repair...? this old clock

Every day in our shop we greet new faces bearing old clocks in greater or lesser states of disrepair, seeking an estimate of the costs for repair and restoration.  Some come in carefully repacked in their original boxes.  Some come pieces.  We've even see clocks which had become homes for mice or spiders, with the evidence of the nesting still inside!  But always we have to answer the question:  is it worth repairing?  The answer, of course, is rarely a simple "yes" or "no," for there are many things to consider.

We begin with what we call the "replacement value" of a particular clock, i.e., what it would cost to buy new, in working condition.  If the clock is not currently in production, then we consider the new clocks whose mechanics and cases are most similar as the "replacement" clock.   We'll ask, "Have you wanted to own such a clock?  Would you consider paying $xxx for such a clock?" If the answer is yes, and the repair and restoration charges are less than the replacement cost, then the decision is easy.

But if the repair begins to exceed the cost of replacement, we dig deeper.  What is your relationship to the clock?  Is it a family heirloom or a garage sale find?  And how much do you care to know about the history of clocks...? 

Because we can give you more information than you ever imagined.  And we can take you on an exploration of the history and poetry of time telling, clock making and all the myriad of ways we humans have sought to witness and notate our passage from one moment to the next.  Our journey can begin in the Black Forest, at the edge of the Rennaisance -- and end with your clock, placing it on the correct branch of the "family tree" of clock making.

And then you'll know:  what the clock is worth, and, more importantly, by knowing more about it, what it's worth to you.  And that's all you'll need to make your good decision.