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Top Of The Best Cuckoo Clocks Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – Cuckoo Clock 8TMT3170/9
№2 – All In Good Time, My Little Pretty Cuckoo Clock With Barking Toto by The Bradford Exchange
№3 – Adolf Herr Cuckoo CLock – Cherub Clock
Antique Cuckoo clock value
Determine the value of antique cuckoo clocks; factors that defines a valuable cuckoo clock
Do you want to determine how much your antique cuckoo clock is worth?
The easiest way to assessing the probable market value of old cuckoo clocks is through an expert horologist or a clock appraiser. While this path may be convenient, it entails a risk.
In any valuation, it is important to remember that your spending should be limited to what your purpose dictates. So if you plan on selling your cuckoo clock, you have to make sure its market price is more than the appraiser’s fee.
This is where preliminary appraisal enters. Before having the cuckoo clock appraised, you can perform a self-appraisal to estimate its worth.
Appraising antique cuckoo clocks is less complicated when compared to other antique timepieces primarily because cuckoo clock production has mostly been limited to the Black Forest region in Germany.
We are going to start the initial assessment by discussing four factors that significantly affect the value of an old cuckoo clock.
Carvings and Wood
Quality: Quality wood and craftsmanship are practically a given when you’re getting a clock from the Black Forest. However, it’s a good habit to make sure the wood is quality and the woodcarving is clean with no splinters. One of the most common woods used by Black Forest clockmakers is linden (also known as lime wood). Many clocks sold in our Oktoberfesthaus store, such as the Schneider Deer and Rabbit Cuckoo Clock and the Schneider Beer Drinker Cuckoo Clock, are all made from Black Forest linden wood. Again, if your clock is an authentic certified Black Forest cuckoo clock, you won’t have to worry about researching this.
Options for Nighttime Shutoff
Is your clock going to wake you up in the middle of the night every hour? Make sure the clock you’re buying has a silent night mode. Most of the time, 8-day and Quartz clocks will have these. 1-day clocks often don’t. Be aware of that.
Buying a cuckoo clock requires you to pay close attention to the fine details. Oktoberfesthaus makes it easy for you to ensure that you’re getting a quality clock, as nearly all of our clocks come from the Black Forest. All you have to do is decide which one fits your home the best…
Chain Driven Westminster Chime Clocks
These selections use chains located behind the door that are pulled down once a week to raise the weights that power the clock as they drop down during the week. The Westminster chimes will play a few notes on each quarter hour and then play the 1note melody on the hour, then count the hour. There is a lever on the dial to manually turn off the chimes at will. The chime rods are mounted on the side of the movement and are shorter and not as full as the chain driven clocks
Cable Driven Westminster Chime Clocks These grandfather clocks use a key to turn arbors located in the dial that are wound once a week to raise the weights that power the clock as they drop down during the week. The Westminster chimes will play a few notes on each quarter hour and then play the 1note melody on the hour, then count the hour. There is a lever on the dial to manually turn off the chimes at will. Your hands never touch the brass on this design.
Cable Driven Westminster Chime Clocks w/night time chime shutoff option
Grandfather Clocks w/night time chime shutoff option also use a key to turn arbors located in the dial that are wound once a week to raise the weights that power the clock as they drop down during the week. The Westminster chimes will play a few notes on each quarter hour and then play the 1note melody on the hour, then count the hour. There is a lever on the dial to manually turn off the chimes at will. Your hands never touch the brass on this design. There is an additional lever on the left of the dial to select an option for the chime to play continuously or to cease between 10:00PM and 7:00AM.
Cable Driven Triple Chime Clocks w/night time chime shutoff option
Triple Chime grandfather clocks also use a key to turn arbors located in the dial that are wound once a week to raise the weights that power the clock as they drop down during the week. The chimes will play a few notes on each quarter hour and then play the full chime melody on the hour, then count the hour. There is a lever on the dial to manually turn off the chimes at will or to choose between Westminster, Whittington or St. Michaels Chime melodies. Your hands never touch the brass on this design. There is an additional lever on the left of the dial to select an option for the chime to play continuously or to cease between 10:00PM and 7:00AM. You may also use an option for the clock only to count the hour without any hourly or quarter hour melody. Cable Driven Concerto Triple Chime Clocks w/night time chime shutoff option These selections use a key to turn arbors located in the dial that are wound once a week to raise the weights that power the clock as they drop down during the week. The chimes will play one note on the first quarter hour and one each quarter hour. The movement will then play the full chime melody on the hour and count the hour. There is a lever on the dial to manually turn off the chimes at will or to choose between Westminster, Ode to Joy or Ave Maria Chime melodies. Your hands never touch the brass on this design. There is an additional lever on the left of the dial to select an option for the chime to play continuously or to cease between 10:00PM and 7:00AM. You may also use an option for the clock only to count the hour without any hourly or quarter hour melody.
Quartz Floor Clocks (battery operated clocks) Quartz floor clocks use batteries to power the time, chimes and the swinging pendulum. There is no winding and the clocks are very accurate. Most are dual chime offering a choice of Westminster or Ave Maria melodies. There is also a volume control to adjust the volume to the size of the room, chime silence and hourly only chimes. Batteries will easily last a year a time and easy to replace. Some Quartz clocks will have the three weights to resemble a mechanical movement, but these do not move and are added to enhance the style of the clock. Some models of quartz floor clocks are non-chiming. In most cases these clocks are less than half of the price a mechanical movement clock. The quartz clocks with the Harmonic Movement sounds great for a battery powered clock.
Moon Dials Most keywound grandfather clocks will offer a functional, astrologically correct moon dial. When the image of the moon reaches the 15th day of 21/day lunar cycle it will appear at the top of the dial. It will be full moon at that time. This dial rotates slowly clockwise over 21/days. When the image of the moon disappears, it is new moon.
Identifying a clock is important in determining value
An antique clock price guide should include detailed, specific information to help you identify your clock and try to determine it’s value. While this might not sound complicated, it certainly can be.
How to Determine the Value of an Antique Clock
One of the first things you will discover as you start to research the value of an antique clock is that the same clock will actually have different amounts of value. This happens because the value of the clock depends on the purpose for the appraisal.
For example, an insurance appraisal for an antique clock might be based on the replacement cost of the clock if it was destroyed in a fire or stolen. The value would be based on the average retail sale price of the clock if it were purchased in good working condition, with guaranteed authenticity, from an antique clock dealer.
If you were to donate this same clock to a charity auction, the IRS might have yet another amount determined for the value of the clock as a tax deduction.
Proper identification of the type of clock to be appraised is another critical element in determining value. It’s important to know if your clock is even considered an authentic antique.
Start by giving your clock a thorough examination. Look for evidence that the clock is hand made. Try to find the maker’s signature or label. If there is no label, you will have to try to identify your clock based on what type of clock it is and it’s appearance. You will need to familiarize yourself with different types of antique clocks such as:
Knowing what type of antique clock you have will make it much easier to determine it’s value.
You can find
German cuckoo clocks for sale all over the world. Finding a quality and authentic clock can be challenging with so many cheap imitations on the market. Producer standards, practices, origin, and reputation are all important factors in the measure of quality.
Germany’s southwestern region known as the Black Forest or Schwarzwald has been producing authentic cuckoo clocks for nearly 300 years. Schwarzwald is the well established home of the cuckoo clock. Black Forest wood carvers and clockmakers alike are considered to be the best in the world. These past and present craftsmen built the standard by which all coo coo clocks are measured.
In an effort to preserve the art, integrity and standards of fine cuckoo clock making the Black Forest Clock Association was formed. Also known as VdS or Verein die Schwarzwalduhr, this group of producers, traders, and cuckoo clock experts sought to formalize the strict practices the region is so well known for. Together they created a certification process designed protect the Black Forest tradition and represent quality around the world.
The chalets of the Emmental Valley
RAILROAD HOUSE CLOCK – also known as Bahnhäusle Uhren
Born out of Friedrich Eisenlohr’s award winning design in 1850 the Railroad House clock remains one of today’s most popular cuckoo clock styles. Inspired by the 19th century era railroad guard house the clock displays a station house facade and pitched roof ornately covered in hand carved grape vines. In 185Johann Beha created a slightly different version he referred to as a Railroad Station clock. It included a detailed oil painting on the clocks face.
THE MECHANICAL MOVEMENT
Mechanical movements are the most common in Black forest cuckoo clocks. As a mater of fact, a cuckoo clock must be driven by a mechanical movement made in the Black Forest to earn the coveted Black Forest Clock Association seal and certificate of authenticity.
Powered by weights and gravity, the hard brass movements do not require electricity to function making them eco-friendly. Once made entirely of wood, these movements have been used in black forest cuckoo clocks for centuries.
Most cuckoo clock craftsmen today use industry standard REGULA movements by SBS Feintechnik. SBS operates in the Black Forest village of Schonach, Germany and is known throughout the region for its high quality clockworks.
THE QUARTZ MOVEMENT
Quartz movements provide a reliable alternative to their mechanical cousins. These movements are battery operated and are most often found in clocks of the lower price range.
Music, movement and animations in quartz cuckoos are electronic simulations of the mechanical cuckoo clock. Maintenance is simple and usually limited to changing batteries.
Quartz cuckoo clocks do not qualify for VdS certification since they are imitations of the authentic mechanical movement. Still, there are reputable manufacturers that produce quality quartz cuckoo clocks with an authentic look.
Let’s cover the basics:
The two basic cuckoo clock shut-off options are automatic and manual.
A manual shut-off requires that you manually set a switch to the off position to disable the sound of the clock. The clocks sound will remain off until you manually change the switch back to the on position.
1-DAY cuckoo clocks usually offer manual shut-off only. You will rarely if ever find a 1-DAY clock with an automatic shutoff. Since 1-Day are wound daily the switch is usually set while winding.
An automatic switch can be set to the on, off, or automatic position. When set to the automatic position it will silence the clock automatically for to 1hours beginning between 8pm and 10pm in the evening.
8-DAY clocks generally have a manual shut-off. Many but not all 8-DAY clocks are available with an automatic shut-off option. Most muscial clocks in the upper price range will include the automatic shut-off feature as standard.
The cuckoo clock has an impressive parent in the Black Forest clock. The provinces of Baden and Wuirttemburg (now the province of
Baden-Wiirttemburg) lie deep in the Black Forest region of Germany.
Winters there are long, dark, cold, and characterized by deep snowfalls.
With forestry and agriculture limited during this season, a cottage industry in the production of clocks grew in the Black Forest.
Glass-making was a traditional craft, and clock-making sprang indirectly from this when, in about 1640, a traveler introduced a simple Bohemian clock operated by three wheels on a train (continuous drive), a verge escapement (the device that allows the train to advance a controlled amount by restraining it with weights), and a foliot (a balance bar). The clock was not ornamented.
The local citizens learned how to copy the clock and make the tools to craft it. They also worked together as a group with specialists in frame-making, manufacturing the clockworks, making and painting dials, brass founding, making chains and gongs, finishing metal parts, and performing many supporting tasks. The clockmaker made his own patterns and styles; parts for his clocks were unique and not interchangeable with other makers. By the late 1700s, the clocks were a profitable export for the region and were sold as far away as Russia.
The cuckoo clock may have been invented in about 1730 by Franz Anton
Ketterer, a well-known Black Forest clockmaker from Schonwald. The shaped like pine
A cuckoo clock and a sideview of its mechanism. cones, and these were adapted to the wood-frame style later. Ketterer used the church organ pipe as the basis for the production of the the cuckoo clock became known for its reliability as a timepiece.
The variety of cuckoo clocks reflects clock-making styles of the time. A clock dating from 1770 may have a painted face shield with roses and castles. This was the English style of the day, but was popularized throughout southern Germany and Central Europe; the same design appears on the sides of painted barges. Soon, the decoration was modified to suit the targeted market. For instance, the French liked large bouquets of bright though most were made in Germany. Scandinavians preferred hexagonal or octagonal faces, while the Dutch and Belgians liked tin or porcelain simple mahogany rims with glasses held in place with brass bezels.
By the mid-eighteenth century, cuckoo clocks moved from the peasant or lodge at the base of the clock, the clock dial over the roof, and carved trees and animals rising above the dial to the top of the frame. In
Dickens describes a clock with the figure of a haymaker with a scythe who moves with the pendulum. One particular style called the twelve blows like the sound of small hammers. Usually, the cuckoo clock had two drive trains, one for the clock movement and the other for the socalled striking train, or the sounds and actions produced with the striking of the hour.
The movements became standardized in style, size, and materials. European movements are of brass and steel, and American movements are brass. The numerals on the dial are painted in German gothic style. Modern cuckoo clocks have retained the suspended pine-cone weights. Some large cuckoo clocks made at the end of the nineteenth century also housed barometers.
Later clocks from about 1900 have wood frames, brass wheel works, and a wooden carved cuckoo on a sweeping stand that shifted forward to chime the hour. Inlaid wood has also been used to make cuckoo clocks, notably those from Northern Italy in the Ampezzo region. Late in the twentieth century, the cuckoo clock entered the digital age when manufacturers began equipping some models with quartz clocks that play twelve different tunes, one for each hour, and an automatic shutoff to silence the bird for a programmable number of hours during the night.
Wood is the critical raw material for the manufacture of cuckoo clocks, because the wood casing is the primary feature that distinguishes the cuckoo clock in appearance. Cuckoo clocks are made from the wood of the linden tree, a hardwood that grows in Europe. Some parts of the housing may also be made of walnut. Skilled wood workers purchase the linden and walnut woods well in advance so the wood can be aged for two years.
Depending on what the craftsman wants, it may be purchased in logs with the bark removed or in block-like lengths.
The cuckoo clock is also distinguished by the cuckoo and its sounds. The wood. Clocks that play tunes are fitted with music boxes. The music boxes and the mechanical movements for the clocks (as well as small parts like lead pine cone weights and the leaf-shaped weight on the end of the pendulum are made of lead and are produced in metal foundries by pouring a melted lead alloy in tempered metal molds. The foundries that produce these weights are also experts in small, detailed metalwork.
As the history of the cuckoo clock suggests, design of the clock and its highly recognizable parts is based on tradition. Clock manufacturers have developed their own styles of chalets and forest scenes for the wood work likely because customers buy cuckoo clocks for their traditional style.
The addition of digital features increases the variety of music and bird songs that the clocks can produce, but clocks with digital enhancements have not yet proven to be more popular than traditional models.
New cuckoo clocks are still among of the most sought-after souvenirs of
Forest region. In America, many families can trace their roots to Germany,
Austria, Switzerland, and other European localities where cuckoo clocks are traditional ornaments for the home. Consequently, there is a market in
America for clocks that represent the best traditions of cuckoo-clock making.
Cuckoo clocks are also highly prized antiques. Hand-crafted clocks with but antique hunters also search for factory-made cuckoo clocks. Those dating from the 1850s are highly sought based on the name of the maker; names like Gustav Becker, the United Freiburg Clock Factory (which Becker the Hamburg American Clock Company (which copied American-made clocks for sales in Germany) are among the most collectible. Typically, the antique market also injects life into sales of newly manufactured collectibles because they are more affordable.
Even though some models of cuckoo clocks are now ouffitted with quartz its old-fashioned mechanical movement. When paired with beautifully carved
Antique Cuckoo Clocks
Antique Cuckoo Clocks are prized for their hand carved scenes, whimsical displays and attractive facades
The first cuckoo clock dates back to around 1730, they were an improvement on roughly one hundred years of clockmaking progress.
The original cuckoo clocks were made in the Black Forest of Germany, where people were often cooped up for the entire winter.
It was during those long cold, drawn out months of winter that they manufactured their wonderful clocks.
Then in the summer months they made a good living by peddling their clocks to clock carriers, (Uhrschleppers in German), who took the clocks all over Europe to re-sell.
Over time, cuckoo clocks became more sophisticated with the adoption of new ideas, tools, and skills.
Many older cuckoo clocks that have been well cared for, still exist today.
The cuckoo clock can be distinguished from any other timepiece in a number of ways.
Cuckoo clocks originated in the southern part of Germany known as the Black Forest region.
The first cuckoo clocks were entirely made out of wood, including the internal plates and gears. As time passed, the inner workings and decoration of the clocks became more sophisticated and ornate.
The birds wings and beaks became animated, and some were even decorated with feathers.
The inner workings of the clocks were improved with the introduction of metal gears and metal plates. Decorative family scenes, hunting and military motifs gained in popularity.
The work was split between the decorators and the masters of the inner workings, with technological advances in each area offering increasingly complicated and ornate clocks.
By the middle of the 19th century, two principal forms of the cuckoo clock had emerged. The railway house form is the kind most often seen today.
In the relatively small village of Triberg, it is estimated that by 1850 there were some 13,500 people engaged in some part of the manufacture of cuckoo clocks, working for over 600 different manufacturers, and all because Mr. Ketterer managed to duplicate the sound of a cuckoo bird.
The casing of a modern cuckoo clock is conventionally shaped in the form of a rustic birdhouse or quaint chalet from Switzerland or Germany.
Most typical decorative elements are wine leaves, animals, woodland plants, and hunting scenes with the modern addition of beer drinking.
Themes have developed, such as the Hunters Clocks which feature guns, powder horns, ammunition, and game animals decorating the clock, represented as either alive or dead.
Some are ornamented with animated scenes characteristic of the traditional Black Forest, such as dancing couples in traditional dress moving to music, a rotating mill wheel, or a farmer chopping wood.
However, the most popular feature which still remains is the famous cuckoo bird which comes out of its special door in order to sing at each hour
This modern chalet style cuckoo clock with slow swing pendulum makes for an amazing addition to any room in your home! Isky offers you hourly cuckoo strike with automatic night silence. Its the ideal way to timelessly decorate a contemporary interior!
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So, TOP3 of Cuckoo Clocks
- №1 — Cuckoo Clock 8TMT3170/9
- №2 — All In Good Time, My Little Pretty Cuckoo Clock With Barking Toto by The Bradford Exchange
- №3 — Adolf Herr Cuckoo CLock – Cherub Clock