Restoring a family heirloom clock
When a long-treasured family antique stops working, it can feel like a little piece of history is lost.
That's what had happened to Washington, D.C.-area resident Alison Mundy, when their clock stopped ticking. At least 135 years old, the timepiece had been in Mundy's family since April 1, 1878. It was so treasured that in 1978, Mundy recalls her mother throwing a century birthday party for the inanimate object.
The clock was made in St. Louis, Mundy says, and purchased in Kansas. Then, it moved to Austin in the 1960s and arrived in metropolitan D.C. in 2006. Sometime while in Austin during the 1990s, the clock needed repairs that surpassed the ability of any antique clock repairers the family could find.
Last December, while reading an issue of The Washington Post Magazine, Mundy discovered a story about a Rockville, Md., couple that restored antique clocks for clients such as former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno.
"Seeing the article in the Post Magazine was wonderful!" Mundy says. "I had been waiting to find the right clock restoration company. I checked Angie’s List upon reading the article in the Post Magazine, looking for corroboration."
She found it: The clock-repair couple received rave reviews. When she took the piece in, they even showed Mundy a reference book depicting a schematic of the clock. Then, they repaired it.
"I keep the clock on the sideboard in our dining room," Mundy says. "I expect to get many more comments now that it is operational!"