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How to Store Your Antique Clock Collection

admin | May 28, 2019

No one knows exactly when the first mechanical clocks were built, or even who built them. All we really know is they were probably invented in the 13th century. We also know that people never stopped making clocks between then and now. There are virtually unlimited varieties and types of clock--complicated, simple, ornate, spartan--and they’re unique in their own ways.

If you own a mechanical antique clock you own, you probably know that storing it can be a challenge. Obviously, clocks tend to be delicate instruments. They can be very sensitive to environmental, temperature, and moisture changes. If you want to keep your clock in mint condition, you’ll need to take special care of it. Here’s what you should keep in mind when you’re caring for a clock:

Grandfather Clocks

Grandfather clocks can be intimidating to move, ship, and store. They're large, heavy, and they have a lot of moving parts. The process for preparing one for long-term storage, however, is fairly simple. First, remove the pendulum and the weights. Wrap these components up in bubble wrap and secure them with packing tape.

After wrapping up the components, remove the accessories. The specific accessories you’ll need to remove depend on your specific clock. You might have to deal with a shelf, finials, or decorative statuary. Whatever you’re dealing with, unscrew it, wrap it, and store it. Make sure you use plenty of bubble wrap and tape. Label each package thoroughly. Store these items inside the cavity of the clock while it’s in storage. Wrap the entire clock in a blanket or bubble wrap.

Mantle Clocks

Mantle clocks are easier to handle than grandfather clocks. Putting them in storage, however, isn't as simple as putting them in a box and hoping for the best. Every mantle clock is different, but there are still some common considerations to keep in mind:

  • If it has batteries, remove them so they don't have time to corrode while in storage.
  • If it has a glass dome, fill the inside of the dome with tissue. Wrap the outside in paper or bubble wrap so the done can't fall off and break.
  • If it has any pendulums, carefully secure them with tissue so they can't swing while stored. Then, once again, secure everything by wrapping it with bubble wrap.

Once you’ve followed these steps, place your mantle clock in a box for long term storage. Don’t place it in a box with a lot of other small, loose things. You don’t want it shifting around, which can happen naturally in loosely packed boxes. Your main priority with basically any clock storage is to protect the small pieces inside the clock that keep it working. This priority is best accomplished with a lot of tissue paper, bubble wrap, and attentive care.


When it comes to putting your clock in storage, there are plenty of options for you. Storage Direct has customizable storage unit solutions to fit any size need. Now’s a good a time as any to better protect your collection. Clock’s-a-tickin’... hopefully!

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