Conservation of Clocks and Watches (Peter B. Wills, ed.) has been recently published by British
Horological Institute. ISBN 0 9509621 4 7. It is a small book (less than 100 pages, including appendices).
The central chapters are each the product of a different author, and are:
A Code of Ethics for Horologists, Timothy Treffry
Relations with the Customer, Elizabeth Gill
Records and Documentation, Eliot Isaacs
Principles and Objectives, Martin Burgess
Cleaning and Lubrication, Jonathan Betts
Conservation of Mechanism, Anthony Randall
Restoration of Brass Dials, Roger Still
There are appendices discussing restoration of painted dials, restoration of clock cases, horological
photography, and lists of (U.K. only) courses of training, museums, and suppliers of tools, materials,
and services. The included bibliography is much too brief and quirky It may be an unfair criticism of
the little volume to say that it reads more like a rule book than like a useful guide, as one has to recognise
that it is intended primarily for craft members of the BHI as a manual of standards and not as a how-to
guide for others.
Review by Alan Heldman.
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