Packing a Grandfather Clock

Please refer to your owner’s manual for instructions on how to pack and move your grandfather clock. If you do not have this or cannot access it, the below are general guidelines:

  • Ensure all pieces of clock are secure — ensure the clock movement is properly secured to the seatboard and that the seatboard is properly secured to the case.
  • Remove weights from clock and label them so that they are put back in their proper location. Not all weights are the same! It is best to use gloves or paper when touching the weights and penulum. Wrap weights in paper or cloth to prevent them from being damaged during transport.
  • Remove the pendulum by unhooking it — typically you can do this by holding the pendulum and pushing up and bringing it slightly towards you then down. It may also help to hold the leader, then try to unhook it. You can open the side doors (frets) of the grandfather clock or remove the hood (bonnet) to help you visualize this process. The pendulum can be secured to a board for safe transport.
  • Once your weights and pendulum are removed, you can tape the chains or cable to the back of the clock case using painter’s tape. This will keep them from moving around during transport.
  • If your clock has chime rods, they can be silenced/secured by puncturing them through a sheet of bubble wrap.
  • Once all of this is done, you are ready to move your clock. Check it over again to make sure nothing will fall or come apart when you move it! Some older clocks like tall cases do not have the movement secured to the seatboard — they just sit on the case. Other clocks have removable hoods (bonnets), finials or side doors (frets). Also ensure the doors are locked too.