Antique British clock valuation services
What is my lantern clock worth? How can I get my antique clock valued? How can I tell if a clock is genuine? Who made my longcase clock? If you are asking yourself questions like these, you have come to the right place.
To understand your clock you need help from a clock specialist.
I have over 50 years of professional experience (since 1966), making my living by buying, selling and valuing antique clocks – principally British lantern clocks, longcase clocks and bracket clocks. Lantern clocks are our speciality. They can be very baffling to a novice. Many have been altered, abused, neglected and today lie in terrible condition - yet can still be very valuable. Identification is absolutely vital. Age and rarity is everything. In recent years I have discovered several which lay rusted and neglected in cupboards and were thought worthless by their owners. Yet a few of those turned out to be amongst the oldest in existence and I was able to sell them on commission for the owners for tens of thousands of pounds each. Could yours be another?
Incidentally my book, 'Lantern Clocks', with a massive 528 pages and 1150 photographs, is still available. Stocks are low but you can still buy direct from the publishers, Mayfield Books. Nobody else can offer this huge experience or depth of knowledge in my speciality subjects. As a former professional genealogist I have undertaken my own original researches in ancient records into clocks and clockmakers. The results are published in some thirty reference books I have written, which are now relied on as standard textbooks for collectors, dealers and museums throughout the world. The articles on this website give an indication of the kind of research I undertake. Our archive of over 80 pages of sold clocks on this website show a few of the many hundreds we have sold over the years. Anybody who knows about antique clocks will know my name.
My wife, Joy, and I were winners in 2001 of the BACA award for excellence based among other things on depth of knowledge of the subject. I was also presented with the exceptionally unusual award of an Honorary Fellowship of the British Horological Institute for services to horology.
Please make enquiry by email using the contact form. I realise this is an inconvenience but it prevents spammers pestering me and you. I will respond personally, usually within hours, giving my new email address.
I check my emails several times a day seven days a week. If you appear to have received no reply after 24 hours, check your junkbox.
Your insurance company will insist on a written valuation by a recognised professional valuer with specialist expertise in clocks, and this is what I can supply. General valuers or auctioneers cannot. They too will probably look up the maker's details in one of the books I have written.
I can value your clock for you, giving its insurance value (on a letter-heading by email – which you can print off) or its selling value (on a plain email) - depending on which one you want. The two are very different. This includes specification of the clock's age and the maker's working dates if known.
THE SET FEE FOR THIS VALUATION IS £60 STERLING OR $100 US. (regardless of value)
If you are thinking of buying a particular clock, whether from a private source, a dealer, an auction, and especially via the internet, you may have concerns about its age, its genuineness, its condition or its value. You certainly should have. Is it genuine, a fake, overpriced? Or do you perhaps want some unbiased and independent advice – in confidence? I can help you. Nobody has longer experience in this highly-specialised subject. Send me an email to discuss how to go about this.
THE SET FEE FOR THIS ADVICE IS £60 STERLING OR $100 US. (regardless of value)
If you want to know the age of your clock, whether it is genuine, a full appraisal and valuation, any alterations as well as the maker's known details, and any other information of a historical nature that we can uncover, then I can provide that. If the maker is unknown, or little-known, then I will undertake research in a variety of genealogical records in an attempt to track him down. The articles on this website will give an idea of the kind of research I undertake, though my report on your clock is unlikely to exceed one page of text.
THE SET FEE FOR THIS RESEARCH IS £100 STERLING OR $150 US. (regardless of value)
Contact me in the first instance via our contact page and I will respond within hours giving my email address, to which you can send me photographs of your clock.
For a longcase clock I would need to see a photograph of the whole clock plus a head-and-shoulders such as will reveal detail of the dial and hood. For most purposes this is adequate, but to investigate genuineness I may need images of the mechanics too. For other clocks three or four photographs are usually enough. If I need more I will come back to you.
Just send initially no more than four or five images maximum by email as single jpeg attachments of reasonable size (about 1 MB each). Please do not email photographs in 'packages', 'boxes'. 'parcels', 'photoclubs' or bizarre systems I would need to enrol into.
Payment from UK clients in English pounds by cheque made out to 'B. Loomes' drawn on a UK branch of any bank. Or cash in the form of banknotes by signed-for post. If this is difficult for overseas clients, then I will suggest other methods of payment. Post your cheque to: Brian Loomes, Calf Haugh Farmhouse, Street Lane, Bewerley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 5HW, England.
WE REGRET WE CANNOT TAKE PAYMENT BY ANY FORM OF DEBIT OR CREDIT CARD, DIRECT BANK TRANSFER, PAYPAL OR WESTERN UNION.
UK CLIENTS PLEASE MAKE CHEQUES PAYABLE TO B. LOOMES.
FOR OVERSEAS CLIENTS I WILL SUGGEST OTHER METHODS OF PAYMENT.
"I wanted to thank you for the wonderful information you've shared on your site for years… Recently I have benefitted from your general articles on brass lantern clocks… Your 21st century edition book is never far from my hand when I'm looking up a watch or clockmaker. Thank you for that, too!" Ottawa, Canada.
"Thanks for all your efforts, I really appreciate it. I briefly read through everything as I was getting ready for work this morning. I can't wait to sit down and look at everything in great depth… I found your research to be quite interesting and enjoyable and the clock will always remain quite the conversation piece in our home. I'm glad I paid you to do the research because I didn't think the clock shop where I purchased it was very knowledgeable about its background. I just ordered your book, 'Painted Dial Clocks', on Amazon. I'm hoping to buy a bigger house in the next couple of years which means more room for clocks. Hopefully I gain a bit more knowledge before purchasing another old tall case clock. I will consult with you too prior if it's a high ticket item." Florida, USA.
"Thank you for your frank and honest reply." Spain.
"A word of thanks for the expert work you have done researching W. S. Ray and the Ray family. The crowning glory is the excellent article in Clocks magazine. I shall keep this safe for future guardians of the family clock. Please feel free to include the article on your website. Once again, many thanks." East Sussex, UK.
"Yes we saw your really informative article on your web site. You must have come across virtually every Sellwood clock in existence. Many thanks for your valuation letter. I have a copy of your book 'Lantern Clocks and Their Makers'. It is a fascinating work and I am full of admiration for your encyclopaedic knowledge and wonderful presentation of the subject. This is a subject I can return to and I am looking forward to learning more." Norfolk, UK.
"What a magnificent piece of research! You are a wizard. … Many, many thanks." East Sussex, UK.
" … cannot tell you how much we appreciate your help … a note to say how greatly we appreciate all your work and thoughtfulness in every detail, how readily you answer our multitude of questions and are so wonderfully generous with the information you provide. You have our heartfelt thanks!" Columbia, Pennsylvania.
"Thanks, Brian. Much appreciated." Bristol, UK.
"I am delighted with your opinion and estimate for insurance purposes. I was a little concerned that the clock may not be right. I am thrilled with your report, it makes the clock much more interesting and although not by one of the better known makers and of that higher standard it appeals to me very much for its simple honesty. Again thank you very much for your research and report." Middlesex, UK.
"Thank you for your results - fascinating." Sussex.
"Thank you very much for these well researched reports. We hadn't known very much about the clock and were very pleased with all the history and information you were able to provide. We also appreciated your opinion of the 'fine quality' movement and the excellent condition of the case. We were perhaps a little disappointed in the valuation but also realize that there is not currently much demand for such clocks. We will probably follow your recommendation and keep it for now - and appreciate it more than ever." Washington, DC, USA.
"Thank you so much for your expertise. Although I'm a bit disappointed that it has little value, it's good to know its history. Thanks again." Wisconsin, USA
"Thanks for having a look. Your clock books are a genuine treasure in my library. The passion and depth is clear. An achievement to be very proud of. Thank you for being such a good educator!" Pennsylvania, USA.
"A very nice and helpful write up." Virginia, USA.
"Thank you so much for sending this wonderful article. I will keep it with the clock to authenticate it for my family. It is wonderful to have an in depth look at this clock that I enjoy, and have it's history confirmed by an expert. It is a beautiful article filled with perceptions of the time and interesting facts about the clock maker and his life.
Thank you again for this association, and I hope you continue to keep us informed about the wonderful history of these clocks.
I appreciate you." Arkansas, USA.
"Thank you so much for all the wonderful information you provided. The history of the clockmaker is fascinating and I would think he would be proud that his work is still here and giving pleasure every day to its owner. Again, I appreciate your expertise and the detailed information you sent." Arkansas, USA
"Very many thanks for the work you are doing in researching my clock. It is lovely to be finding out about its history after so long. I really appreciate all you are doing. Many thanks for the information you sent. It is good to know that the clock is genuinely old and also to have learnt about its maker, very interesting. I have appreciated the close attention you have paid to my request. When the clock strikes now it certainly means much more to me." Lancashire, UK.
"Great reading and thank you for all your hard work. …Again many thanks for your work." Georgia, USA
"Many thanks for your swift and thorough response." Surrey, UK.
"Thank you for your expert analysis. While it is disappointing to learn that it is not authentic, we still love our clock" Minnesota, USA.
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