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Antique Cuckoo Clocks

Contrary to popular belief, the cuckoo clock apparently did not originate in the Black Forest in Germany, but it probably did originate in Germany. The earliest known description of a cuckoo clock was written in 1629 by a German nobleman named Philipp Hainhofer, who described a clock owned by a German Prince. Over the next century, the concept spread slowly, with additional descriptions and drawings of cuckoo clocks published in musical handbooks and other printed materials.

Around 1740 to 1750, the first clockmakers in the Black Forest began making cuckoo clocks. These clockmakers refined the design and construction of the clocks, making technical improvements to it and developing the beautiful design that we now recognize as the traditional Black Forest cuckoo clock.

In addition to the richly carved and decorated casings of the cuckoo clock, they are distinctively different from other clocks because they use the call of the cuckoo bird instead of the more conventional bell, gong, or chime. Some modern cuckoo clocks use a recording of an actual cuckoo bird call, but the traditional cuckoo clock created the call through the use of 2 organ pipes, tuned and timed to mimic the sound of the cuckoo.

Here you can find Swiss and German antique cuckoo clocks of all kinds, with a fresh selection of bargains on rare clocks with character every day.
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Vintage Animated Black Forrest Cookoo Clock with Rabbit & Fawn move when Chimes Vintage Animated Black Forrest Cookoo Clock with Rabbit & Fawn move when Chimes

Vintage Animated Black Forrest Cookoo Clock with Rabbit & Fawn move when Chimes

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VINTAGE ANTIQUE GERMAN SCHATZ CUCKOO CLOCK W/ ELK OR DEER HUNTING MOTIF VINTAGE ANTIQUE GERMAN SCHATZ CUCKOO CLOCK W/ ELK OR DEER HUNTING MOTIF

VINTAGE ANTIQUE GERMAN SCHATZ CUCKOO CLOCK W/ ELK OR DEER HUNTING MOTIF

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MAGNIFICENT*LARGE OLD GERMAN BLK. FOREST '8-DAY HUNTER'   CUCKOO CLOCK MAGNIFICENT*LARGE OLD GERMAN BLK. FOREST '8-DAY HUNTER'   CUCKOO CLOCK

MAGNIFICENT*LARGE OLD GERMAN BLK. FOREST '8-DAY HUNTER' CUCKOO CLOCK

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Vintage Battery Op Kitsch Erref Plastic Stag Head Cuckoo Clock Vintage Battery Op Kitsch Erref Plastic Stag Head Cuckoo Clock

Vintage Battery Op Kitsch Erref Plastic Stag Head Cuckoo Clock

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Nice Antique Railroad style Quail Wall Cuckoo Clock Carved Wood Inlaid Parts NR Nice Antique Railroad style Quail Wall Cuckoo Clock Carved Wood Inlaid Parts NR

Nice Antique Railroad style Quail Wall Cuckoo Clock Carved Wood Inlaid Parts NR

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OLD WEST GERMAN BLK. FOREST HAND CARVED CUCKOO w/SQUIRRELS Schneider Sohne A2584 OLD WEST GERMAN BLK. FOREST HAND CARVED CUCKOO w/SQUIRRELS Schneider Sohne A2584

OLD WEST GERMAN BLK. FOREST HAND CARVED CUCKOO w/SQUIRRELS Schneider Sohne A2584

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Vintage Black Forest Germany Stag Rabbit Bird Rifles Hunting Scene Cuckoo Clock Vintage Black Forest Germany Stag Rabbit Bird Rifles Hunting Scene Cuckoo Clock

Vintage Black Forest Germany Stag Rabbit Bird Rifles Hunting Scene Cuckoo Clock

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Negative For An Antique Cuckoo Clock Negative For An Antique Cuckoo Clock

Negative For An Antique Cuckoo Clock

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ANTIQUE GERMAN BLACK FOREST THREE BIRD STYLE CUCKOO CLOCK ANTIQUE GERMAN BLACK FOREST THREE BIRD STYLE CUCKOO CLOCK
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ANTIQUE GERMAN BLACK FOREST THREE BIRD STYLE CUCKOO CLOCK

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ANTIQUE GERMAN BLACK FOREST QUAIL CUCKOO CLOCK ANTIQUE GERMAN BLACK FOREST QUAIL CUCKOO CLOCK
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ANTIQUE GERMAN BLACK FOREST QUAIL CUCKOO CLOCK

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ANTIQUE GERMAN BLACK FOREST HUGE STAGG HEAD QUAIL CUCKOO CLOCK ANTIQUE GERMAN BLACK FOREST HUGE STAGG HEAD QUAIL CUCKOO CLOCK
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ANTIQUE GERMAN BLACK FOREST HUGE STAGG HEAD QUAIL CUCKOO CLOCK

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Antique American/German Hand Carved Black Forest Cuckoo Clock Antique American/German Hand Carved Black Forest Cuckoo Clock

Antique American/German Hand Carved Black Forest Cuckoo Clock

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Antique Cuckoo Clock Case #2 Antique Cuckoo Clock Case #2

Antique Cuckoo Clock Case #2

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German Black Forest US Zone Two Bird Musical Box Cuckoo Clock German Black Forest US Zone Two Bird Musical Box Cuckoo Clock

German Black Forest US Zone Two Bird Musical Box Cuckoo Clock

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SWC-Tall Case Cuckoo Clock w/ Wooden Works, CT, c.1820 SWC-Tall Case Cuckoo Clock w/ Wooden Works, CT, c.1820

SWC-Tall Case Cuckoo Clock w/ Wooden Works, CT, c.1820

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Vintage German Two Bird Musical Stag's Head Cuckoo Clock Vintage German Two Bird Musical Stag's Head Cuckoo Clock

Vintage German Two Bird Musical Stag's Head Cuckoo Clock

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Vintage Scmeckenbecher Musical Two Door Cuckoo Clock Vintage Scmeckenbecher Musical Two Door Cuckoo Clock

Vintage Scmeckenbecher Musical Two Door Cuckoo Clock

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Vintage Scmeckenbecher Musical Stag's Head Cuckoo Clock Vintage Scmeckenbecher Musical Stag's Head Cuckoo Clock

Vintage Scmeckenbecher Musical Stag's Head Cuckoo Clock

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Vintage German Hand Painted Cuckoo Mini Wall Clock As Found Vintage German Hand Painted Cuckoo Mini Wall Clock As Found

Vintage German Hand Painted Cuckoo Mini Wall Clock As Found

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AROUND THE CLOCK HEROES FIREFIGHTER CUCKOO CLOCK FIREMAN COLLECTIBLE AROUND THE CLOCK HEROES FIREFIGHTER CUCKOO CLOCK FIREMAN COLLECTIBLE

AROUND THE CLOCK HEROES FIREFIGHTER CUCKOO CLOCK FIREMAN COLLECTIBLE

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GOLDEN SPIKE WESTERN TRAIN CUCKOO CLOCK TRAINS LOCOMOTIVE GOLDEN SPIKE WESTERN TRAIN CUCKOO CLOCK TRAINS LOCOMOTIVE

GOLDEN SPIKE WESTERN TRAIN CUCKOO CLOCK TRAINS LOCOMOTIVE

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Antique German Black Forest Fox + Grapes Cuckoo + Quail 30 Hour Wall Clock Antique German Black Forest Fox + Grapes Cuckoo + Quail 30 Hour Wall Clock

Antique German Black Forest Fox + Grapes Cuckoo + Quail 30 Hour Wall Clock

Circa 1890-1910
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