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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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Vintage HECO "Black Forest" Cuckoo Clock - Complete - Works Nicely Bid Now »

Vintage HECO "Black Forest" Cuckoo Clock - Complete - Works Nicely

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Large Vintage "Black Forest" Cuckoo Clock - Nice - 4 Parts or Restore Bid Now »

Large Vintage "Black Forest" Cuckoo Clock - Nice - 4 Parts or Restore

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Contemporary Cuckoo Clock Lot 345 Bid Now »

Contemporary Cuckoo Clock Lot 345

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Vintage Cuckoo Clock American Bird Bristol Conn Parts or repair Bid Now »

Vintage Cuckoo Clock American Bird Bristol Conn Parts or repair

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Black Forest "Bird & Leaf" German Cuckoo Clock Lot 189 Bid Now »

Black Forest "Bird & Leaf" German Cuckoo Clock Lot 189

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Amazing Large Vintage Cuckoo Clock, Hunter Theme, W. Germany Buy Now »

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

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Small Coocoo Clock.  Hand Painted.  With Winding Key Bid Now »

Small Coocoo Clock. Hand Painted. With Winding Key

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Antique Cuckoo Clock Germany Bad Harzburg Collectible Timepiece Ornament Collect Buy Now »
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Rare Vintage Poppo Cuckoo Clock

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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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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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Albert schwab Schwarzwald black forest cuckoo clock NEW 1969 w/ musical dance gr Buy Now »

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