Allan Blackburn column

Allan Blackburn.
Allan Blackburn.

This week I want to tell you about a long case clock I bought from an old lady in Ulverston just after Christmas.

There was nothing usual about the beginning of the story.

I get asked all the time to go along to people’s houses to give a valuation or to buy items.

Often it’s simply to remove unwanted big and bulky furniture from houses when downsizing or to make more space, or if someone has died.

In this instance the lady wanted to get rid of a few of her bigger items, so when the call came through I travelled to her home and bought her grandfather clock. The clock was in desperate need of restoration before I could sell it at the centre.

It was working to a point but wasn’t accurate.

The wood needed work as well as varnishing and even the face needed a facelift. It was in a sorry state but I could see how beautiful it would look given the right TLC.

A few weeks after I bought the clock, I received a call from her son.

Sadly, the lady had died and he wanted to buy the clock from me as a reminder of his mother and their family home.

He sounded desperate as he was sure that it would have been sold by now.

Imagine his reaction when I told him that due to its state there was no chance of me selling it before it had gone for restoration and that’s where the clock still was.

It was at a specialist long case clock repairer in Morecambe.

There are good local business es and incredibly talented.

Sprucing up old clocks is no mean feat and repairing the face of a clock is a delicate and skilled craft.

Eventually the clock was returned to me and I was able to pass it on to the son, who was thrilled.

It looked absolutely beautiful and was in perfect working order and he was over the moon to be able to buy it back.

It was wonderful to present the clock to the man and it proved a timely reminder to me that so often the sentimental value is worth so much more than the cost of repairs.

I’m glad this clock stayed in the family and will be enjoyed for more generations to come.