Clocks have been a lifetime hobby of mine for 40 years so I know a good deal about them. But I also have 40 years' experience in handling insurance claims, too, having qualified in my professional life in London as a Fellow of the two most respected Chartered Institutes in the world, the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters. So I know a good deal about insurance and fine art claims, too, which gives me a unique advantage over any dealer you'll find in the UK.
I much prefer to see a clock or barometer 'in the flesh' so that I can examine every aspect, looking for originality, repair work, maker and origin. Insurers will have much greater respect for a Valuation based on first hand examination so if I am already working on your clock to repair or restore it, and you'd like a written Valuation for Insurance on completion, please ask before arranging collection.
I charge a flat fee of £20 per Insurance Valuation up to £2,500 (plus £5 per £1,000 thereafter) and for that you'll receive a paper document (not an emailed pdf) with a clear and detailed description of the item, commentary on the maker and the movement, incorporating a colour photograph for identification and bearing the Horologica red wax seal for proof of authenticity and originality. If you need a duplicate copy to send your insurers or brokers, they're £5.00 each. Probate valuations are slightly more expensive, starting at £30 because the values are that much lower but they still take the same amount of time and research. If you cannot bring the item to me , travelling is charged at £0.60 per mile round trip (up to a 25 mile radius of Billericay).
To help those owners living too far away to bring their clock or barometer to me for examination or repair, I also offer approximate valuations based on photographs and descriptions provided that they are sufficiently detailed and plentiful, and that you can provide more images when I ask for them. The fee is the same and you'll receive the same authenticated document but making it clear that I have not seen the item first hand. On the same basis I can also help with post-loss valuations if you need to make a claim and have no idea of value but remember that it is just a guide and that Insurers will bear in mind that the item has not been physically examined, so I limit this service to clocks under £2,500 in value.
Please don't ask me to backdate it or say I've seen it if I haven't, because I won't.