Grandfather clocks and other antique or high-value timepieces should only be moved by professional clock movers to ensure safe and secure transport from pickup to delivery. TSI offers two levels of service for shipping a grandfather clock long distance:
Blanket wrap service: Special moving blankets are used to cushion your clock during transport and keep it scratch-free. This service is best for sturdier clocks with minimal glass and a less ornamental design.
Crating: Crating is safer and more secure, and is ideal for especially valuable and fragile clocks. Crating also meets the requirements for insuring antique and other high-value clocks. If you need assistance crating your clock, ask us about our on-site custom crating service.
Both services include in-home pickup and delivery, Learn how to pack your grandfather clock.
Byron L. wanted to ship his treasured grandfather clock to his grandson across the country. The clock was ornate and fragile, so he was certain it needed extra care. He wasn't in a rush to ship it but he was very nervous that his clock would sustain damage during transport.
Byron called TSI and our logistics specialist Carol walked him through the process. Byron removed the pendulum and weights as recommended and the clock was crated onsite and moved by professionals. Carol and the operations team updated Byron on the status of his shipment regularly. The clock was safely delivered inside his grandson's apartment, where it's been telling time ever since.
What kinds of clocks can you ship?
TSI ships all kinds of antique or high-value clocks, including grandfather clocks, grandmother clocks, restoration clocks, and custom clocks.
What’s the safest way to move a grandfather clock?
The safest way to move a grandfather clock is to hire professional clock movers. Standard local or long distance moving professionals may not have the experience and expertise to dismantle, pack, and reassemble your grandfather clock.
If you’re moving locally, look for professional clock movers in your area. If you’re moving long distance, White Glove shipping provided by licensed and insured freight shippers like TSI is the safest method for moving a grandfather clock. The best White Glove shipping services will also provide custom crating options for old, valuable, or fragile clocks.
What is White Glove Shipping?
"White Glove” shipping includes indoor pickup and delivery, packing, and crating if necessary. All clocks shipped with TSI are shipped using White Glove services to ensure the safest possible journey. Insurance is always available to cover the value of your items.
Should I disassemble my clock before the movers arrive?
Yes, you should disassemble your clock before your moving team arrives. The weights and pendulum must be removed from your clock and boxed separately. This can be done by a clocksmith, or often by the crating professional. Please ask us when you get your quote if you need help with packing these components. After delivery, we recommend having your clock set up by a professional clocksmith.
Can I transport a grandfather clock laying down?
Older grandfather clocks, including antique and heirloom clocks, should never be transported laying down. You can transport some newer grandfather clocks laying down, but this method of transit will put unnecessary pressure on the panels and glass elements, increasing the risk of breakage or damage to the mechanisms inside the clock.
How much does it cost to ship a clock?
Clock shipments typically start at $1,100. The cost of shipping a grandfather clock can range between $1,100-$3,000 depending on the size and value of the clock, as well as the distance it will travel, and any other special considerations such as delicate woodwork.
How long does it take to ship a clock?
Because we consolidate items going in the same direction onto the same truck, you can expect it to take up to 15 business days for pickup and up to 20 additional business days for delivery. If your pickup and delivery locations are in well-traveled areas, this timeline could be much quicker. We also offer priority pickup options. If required, custom crating can be completed fairly quickly depending on your location, and can often be scheduled in prior to pickup.
How do I pack a clock for shipping?
We always advise you to let the experts take care of packing your clock. If you want to do it on your own, the right packing method will depend on the type, age, and value of the clock you’re shipping. Generally, you’ll follow these steps:
Assess your clock for signs of existing damage or weakness so you can take the appropriate precautions to ensure the damage doesn’t worsen. Take photos in case you need to make an insurance claim.
Disassemble your clock as much as possible. Do not, under any circumstances, attempt to move a grandfather clock or any other timepiece without dismantling it and packing the internal components securely.
Cover and protect any areas that could sustain damage in transport, especially edges and corners.
Pack the internal components into a heavy duty moving box.
Pack the body of the clock into a crate, held in place with specially fitted styrofoam.
For detailed instructions, read our comprehensive How Do I Ship a Grandfather Clock? guide.