CARING FOR CLOCKS AND WATCHES
Some references to help in the care of your valued timepieces.
American Clock & Watch Museum, Inc.
100 Maple Street
Bristol, CT 06010
FAX (203) 583-1862
Provides lectures, presentations, exhibits, library, and publications.
American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)
1717 K Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
FAX (202) 452-9328
Provides referrals for conservators.
American Watch Association
PO Box 464
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20044
Importers of watches, clocks, and parts; assemblers; domestic manufacturer of watch products; suppliers of goods and services.
American Watchmaker - Clockmaker Institute (AWI)
Educational, Library, and Museum Charitable Trust
701 Enterprise Drive
Harrison, OH 45030
FAX (513) 367-1414
Examines and certifies master watch and clock makers; education and training programs; wide variety of membership; tours and exhibits; library; and publications.
Antiquarian Horological Society
New House, High Street
East Sussex TN5 7AL
Information on timepieces and their preservation.
Bily Clocks Museum
PO Box 258
323 South Main
Spillville, IA 52168
Provides exhibits, tours and a library.
British Horological Institute
Upton Hall, Upton
Newark, Notts NG233 5TE
Clock and watch makers, referral service.
Clock Manufacturers & Marketing Association
710 East Ogden Avenue, Suite 113
Naperville, IL 605563
Clock manufacturer and marketing company; establishes common clock terminology and code of ethics for company practices.
Division of Work and Industry
National Museum of American History
AHB 5014, MRC 629
Washington, DC 20560
Clock and watch collection and references.
Mystic Seaport Museum
PO Box 6000
75 Greenmanville Avenue
Mystic, CT 06355-0990
FAX (203) 572-5327
Nautical navigational antiques information.
National Agricultural Center and Hall of Fame
630 Hall of Fame Drive
Bonner Springs, KS 66012
FAX (913) 721-1202
Provides exhibits, educational programs, library and publications.
National Association of Watch and Clock Museum, Library & Research Center
514 Poplar Street
Columbia, PA 17512-2130
FAX (717) 684-0878
Preservation of horological information, preparation about the mechanics of timepieces and their repair; aid to buyers and sellers of timepieces; museum provides exhibits, library, workshops and publications.
Old Clock Museum
929 East Preston Street
Pharr, TX 78577
Provides lectures, exhibits, and a library.
The Time Museum
7801 East State Street
Rockford, IL 61108
FAX (815) 398-4700
Mailing address: PO Box 52285, Rockford, IL 61125-0285
Provides lectures, exhibits, film programs, a library, and publications.
Wheels O' Time Museum
Route 40 (9 miles north of Peoria)
Dunlap, IL 61525
Mailing Address: PO Box 9636, Peoria, IL 61612-9636
Collection of clocks and related items; library; tours; exhibits.
Willard House and Clock Museum, Inc.
11 Willard Street
Grafton, MA 01519
Mailing address: PO Box 156, Grafton, MA 01519
Provides lectures, educational programs, a library and exhibits.
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Contact: Donald Fennimore
Curator of clocks and musical instruments.
Baldwin, A.M. "Watch restoration: learning from books," Antique clocks, the magazine for horological collectors and restorers, Vol. 11, No. 1, 1988, pp. 40-42.
Britten, F.J. Old clocks and watches and their makers, 6th edition, New York, NY: The British Book Centre, Inc.
Carle, Donald De. Clock and watch repairing, 2nd edition, 1991, London: Robert Hale Publishing.
Council for the care of churches. Church clocks. Maintenance and repair, Nov. 1971, London: Council for the care of churches.
-----. Turret clocks. Recommended practice for repair and maintenance, 1982, London: Council for the care of churches.
Drost, William E. Caring for clocks, Technical Leaflet 47, 1968, Nashville, TN: AASLH.
Elsevier's dictionary of jewellery and watchmaking, 1984, New York, NY: Elsevier.
The history of clocks and watches, 1979, London: Orbis Publishing.
Jones, Bernard E. Clock-cleaning and repairing, 6th edition, 1978, London: Cassell Ltd.
National Trust for Historic Preservation. Landmark Yellow Pages: All the names, addresses, facts, and figures you need in preservation, Preservation Press Publication, 1993, John Wiley & Sons Publishers.
National Jeweler Industry Yellow Pages, updated annually, National Jewelers Industry.
Old-House Journal Restoration Directory, updated annually, Dovetale Publishers.
Plowden, Anna and Frances Halahan. Looking after antiques, 1988, New York, NY: Harper & Row.
Sandwith, Hermione and Sheila Stainton. The National Trust Manual of Housekeeping, Revised edition, 1991, London: Viking in association with the National Trust.
Watch and clock making and repairing, 1982, New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Company.
Wills, Peter B. Conservation of clocks and watches, 1995, Upton: British Horological Institute.
Additional resources are the state jewelry trade associations for watch and clock referrals. Also try your local library for books on clocks and watches.
This list is not all-inclusive.
The Smithsonian Institution, Museum Conservation Institute (MCI), gives no endorsements for any products, materials or services mentioned in this pamphlet and is not responsible for problems from their use or misuse. MCI does not make and warranty, expressed or implied; does not assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or process disclosed; nor represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. If any organizations or other pertinent information has been inadvertently excluded please contact MCI.
Compiled by: Ann N'Gadi
Special Thanks to: David Todd, Donald Fennimore
Created: March 1996
Updated: September 2006