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Antique Lock Repairs & Restoration in Oxfordshire & Gloucestershire


The Preservation of Antique Locks

Antique lock repairs and restoration involve the meticulous refurbishment of antique locks, keys, and other associated hardware to bring them back to functional and aesthetic excellence. Antique locks are often intricate and finely crafted, reflecting the craftsmanship of a bygone era. Over time, wear, rust, or damage can impair their functionality and appearance. The antique lock restoration experts at Clive Payne can undertake the careful process of repairing and rejuvenating these pieces, aiming to maintain their historical and monetary value. Antique lock repairs and restoration not only preserves these valuable antiques but also contributes to the preservation of history and heritage. It’s a blend of art, craftsmanship, and respect for the past, allowing these charming pieces to continue their story in the present day.


Antique Lock Repairs & Restoration at Clive Payne

Clive Payne provides complete restoration and repair of antique and vintage locks, employing specialist techniques. Working with customers in need of antique lock repairs for doors and cabinets to skillfully restore all component parts for old locks. With our antique lock repair and restoration service we overhaul and repair old locking mechanisms to working order and hand cut replacement iron keys. Keys are made to traditional patterns including the kidney bow and a variety of decorative brass bows. We provide a traditional service for repairing and restoring all antique locks. Using specialist skills to repair and restore old or disused locks, refurbishing and hand cutting replacement iron keys with traditional kidney bow or decorative brass bows.

The restoration begins with a comprehensive assessment of the lock’s condition, identifying any faults, missing parts, or areas that require repair. Damaged components are meticulously repaired or replaced with authentic, period-appropriate parts to ensure the lock functions as it did originally. Rekeying or fitting the lock with new keys may be necessary to restore functionality and security. The final phase involves carefully finishing the lock to preserve its antique appearance. This includes applying finishes such as patination to mimic the look of aged metal, ensuring the lock seamlessly blends with its historical context.

Member of the British Antique Furniture Restorers Association (BAFRA)

The British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association (BAFRA) is a nationwide organisation of skilled people engaged in furniture conservation, furniture repair and furniture restoration. Every BAFRA member is an expert in their field and is actively involved in Continual Professional Development to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments.

Over the years Clive has developed the highest of standards in repair and restoration, joining the British Antique Furniture Restorers Association (BAFRA) in 1997 and now specialises in conserving and restoring oak and country furniture from the 15th to 18th centuries, together with all furniture from the early 18th to 19th centuries.

Antique Lock Repair FAQs

What is antique lock repair?
Antique lock repair involves the restoration and refurbishment of antique locks to restore their functionality and aesthetics. This process often includes fixing damaged or worn-out components, cleaning, rekeying, and preserving the historical integrity of the lock.
Why should I have my antique locks repaired and restored?
Antique locks are a collector’s item. Maintaining original fittings and fixtures, such as antique locks, with repair and restoration helps to maintain the value of a piece of antique furniture. Repairing antique locks allows you to preserve the historical and aesthetic value of these unique pieces. Functional locks add security and authenticity to antique furniture, doors, cabinets, and other items.
What types of antique locks are you able to repair?
If you have an old lock which is broken, we may be able to successfully repair it. We can repair the locks on many different types of antique furniture, such as old desks, cabinets and draws. We can also repair the locks on antique doors and vintage padlocks. Almost any type of antique lock can be repaired, including mortise locks, rim locks, padlocks, cabinet locks, and more. The repair approach may vary based on the type and complexity of the lock.
How do I determine if my antique lock needs repair?
Signs such as difficulty in turning the key, a broken key stuck in the lock, or visible damage to the lock mechanism indicate the need for repair. If the lock is not functioning properly or has visible wear and tear, it’s advisable to seek professional restoration at Clive Payne.
Is it possible to maintain the antique look of the lock during repair?
Yes, our reputable restoration experts take great care to preserve the antique look of the lock during the repair process. This includes matching finishes and patinas to maintain the original aesthetics of the lock.
Can antique locks be rekeyed for use?
Yes, antique locks can be rekeyed to fit a new set of keys. This process ensures the lock remains functional and can be used securely while retaining its antique charm.
Do you supply keys for antique locks?
If you need a key for an antique lock, we can help. We supply a range of kidney bow keys which can be supplied blank or drilled with a 3/32 pilot hole.
Does antique lock repair retain or increase the value of the lock?
Properly executed antique lock repair typically retains or enhances the lock’s value by restoring its functionality, historical significance, and aesthetic appeal. A well-maintained antique lock is highly desirable among collectors and antique enthusiasts.

To discuss antique lock repair and restoration or any other aspect of an item of furniture that you might wish to bring back to its full glory please do not hesitate to contact me. All restoration work is done entirely by hand using traditional techniques.

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