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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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Germany, early Biedermeier cuckoo clock, 30 hour, weight driven movem... Lot 297 Bid Now »

Germany, early Biedermeier cuckoo clock, 30 hour, weight driven movem... Lot 297

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Clocks- 9 (Nine) Desk and Wall: (1) Germany, 30 hour cuckoo clock; (2... Lot 522 Bid Now »

Clocks- 9 (Nine) Desk and Wall: (1) Germany, 30 hour cuckoo clock; (2... Lot 522

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Clocks- 11 (Eleven) antique and modern cuckoo clocks for parts or rep... Lot 526 Bid Now »

Clocks- 11 (Eleven) antique and modern cuckoo clocks for parts or rep... Lot 526

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Vintage Musical Cuckoo Clock w/Dancing Figures. Lot 14 Bid Now »

Vintage Musical Cuckoo Clock w/Dancing Figures. Lot 14

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Germany, 8 day, shelf cuckoo, time and strike fusee movement with woo... Lot 852 Bid Now »

Germany, 8 day, shelf cuckoo, time and strike fusee movement with woo... Lot 852

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BLACK FOREST GERMAN COO COO CLOCK (EARLY 1900S) GREAT CONDITION. Bid Now » Buy Now »

BLACK FOREST GERMAN COO COO CLOCK (EARLY 1900S) GREAT CONDITION.

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Cuckoo Clock "weights guard" - Black Forest German 8-Day - custom made P-1940 Buy Now »

Cuckoo Clock "weights guard" - Black Forest German 8-Day - custom made P-1940

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

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

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Antique 3 Weight Black Forest Carved Cuckoo Clock with Stag Head and ... Lot 203 Bid Now »

Antique 3 Weight Black Forest Carved Cuckoo Clock with Stag Head and ... Lot 203

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Antique Black Forest Carved Cuckoo Clock w/Hanging Game, Deer Head & ... Lot 219 Bid Now »

Antique Black Forest Carved Cuckoo Clock w/Hanging Game, Deer Head & ... Lot 219

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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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New, Carneol Design Handmade Glass Clock Cuckoo Clock L x 14.5 in W x 5.5 in

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Antique 19th Century Carved Black Forest Cuckoo Wall Clock Buy Now »

Antique 19th Century Carved Black Forest Cuckoo Wall Clock

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Cuckoo Clock Movement 25/1-X

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Large Exceptional Antique Black Forest Carved Cuckoo Clock Hunt Deer Fox Bird Buy Now »
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Large Exceptional Antique Black Forest Carved Cuckoo Clock Hunt Deer Fox Bird

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Antique Cuckoo Clock Germany Bad Harzburg Collectible Timepiece Ornament Collect Buy Now »
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SWC-Tall Case Cuckoo Clock w/ Wooden Works, CT, c.1820 Buy Now »

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

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ANTIQUE CUCKOO CLOCK WEIGHTS 2pcs Buy Now »

ANTIQUE CUCKOO CLOCK WEIGHTS 2pcs

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MoMa MUJI White-hanging clocks cuckoo clocks NEW New Buy Now »
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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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