Cuckoo clocks from the Black Forest have been around since the mid-1700s. Prior to that time, sundials and hourglasses were the usual way to keep time. Cuckoo Clocks are a specialty of the black forest region in Germany. All ages can and will enjoy the sound of a Cuckoo Clock. Cuckoo clocks haven’t changed much in how they work over the centuries. All have a swinging pendulum that counts seconds and all have pipes that signal the hour in the form of the common cuckoo bird call.
Cuckoo clocks have been made in Germany since 1750, when Franz Anton Ketterer of the Black Forest villiage of Schonwald managed to reproduce the cuckoo bird’s song with the clever use of bellows producing two different notes. In the following century, the Black Forest cuckoo clock industry developed rapidly. Cuckoo clocks are almost always mechanical weight driven movement; a very few are spring driven. The weights are made of cast iron in a pine cone shape. Cuckoo Clocks are available in different styles with different movements. Some cuckoo clock designs are quite common – like the Dear Head Top – but over the time many different colors, styles and basic characteristics find their way to the hearts of the customer.
Black Forest cuckoo clocks are definitely among the most popular of all clocks. For centuries, these elegant and sometimes whimsical cuckoo clocks have been one of the most popularly exported productions in Germany. Black forest background music. Made of wood or painted wood these cuckoo clocks proudly stand at top of our most requested items!
Cuckoo clocks have two movements: one-day and eight-day movement. One day movements will sound on every half hour and on the hour. Cuckoo Clocks are available in different styles with different movements. Some cuckoo clock designs are quite common – like the Dear Head Top – but over the time many different colors, styles and basic characteristics find their way to the hearts of the customer. Cuckoo clocks are heirloom timepieces just like any other mechanical clock and with our technical service support a cuckoo clock purchase from us is sure to become a family favorite. These clocks run by the gravitational pull of weights that hang on long chains.