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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.

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Old and Worn Cuckoo Clock Case - Empty -  for your Clock Projects Bid Now »

Old and Worn Cuckoo Clock Case - Empty - for your Clock Projects

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4 Old and Worn Cuckoo Clock Framing Leaf and Bird Design

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BLACK FOREST RAILWAY CUCKOO CLOCK INLAY DESIGN TURN OF THE CENTURY Bid Now » Buy Now »

BLACK FOREST RAILWAY CUCKOO CLOCK INLAY DESIGN TURN OF THE CENTURY

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Cuckoo Clock German Romance Carved By Lot 6168 Bid Now »

Cuckoo Clock German Romance Carved By Lot 6168

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Vintage Black Forest Carved Walnut Cuckoo Clock Game Theme Bid Now »

Vintage Black Forest Carved Walnut Cuckoo Clock Game Theme

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Antique Black Forest Cuckoo Clock Excellent Nr

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Antique Black Forest Cuckoo Clock- Works! Bid Now » Buy Now »

Antique Black Forest Cuckoo Clock- Works!

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E. SCHMECKENBECHER CUCKOO CLOCK W/ DANCERS & MUSIC FOR PARTS NOT WORKING Buy Now »

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Spectacular Antique Black Forest 26" Cuckoo Clock Case, Hunt Theme Figural Buy Now »

Spectacular Antique Black Forest 26" Cuckoo Clock Case, Hunt Theme Figural

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New, Carneol Design Handmade Glass Clock Cuckoo Clock L x 14.5 in W x 5.5 in Buy Now »
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Antique 19th Century Carved Black Forest Cuckoo Wall Clock Buy Now »

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Amazing Large Vintage Cuckoo Clock, Hunter Theme, W. Germany

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