An Exquisite Collection of German Original Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks.....the Gift for all Seasons!
Cuckoo clocks were first crafted about the year 1738 in the Black Forest of Germany. They were made during the long, harsh winters when there was nothing really to do. German cuckoos were made to fill time during these winter months and then sold during the spring and summer months by roving clock peddlers.
Many people think of Black Forest cuckoo clocks as a company, when they are really made by many carvers and manufacturers. The Black Forest is a region in SW Germany and the cuckoo clocks are made within, mostly, a cottage industry, and several larger companies that specialize in making these products in many varieties. Cuckoo Kingdom brings you only the best from the Black Forest of Germany. All products are available for direct shipping within the United States and internationally.
The cuckoo clock can be a birdhouse, chalet or other specially designed clock which has a small door at the top. During the strike of the hour the small door will open and a bird will appear and call the hour. The bird will call the hour by “coo cooing” once for each hour and then return to its perch inside the clock as the door closes behind. The actual sound the coo-coo clock makes is made by two bellows which actuate up and down sucking in air and blowing it out to make the whistle sound which is actually the call of cuckoo.
These clocks are very energy efficient as they operate by gravity as the cast iron weights, or in some instances hand-carved wooden weights, pull down on the chain drive which runs the mechanism. The pendulum swings back and forth and controls the timing or beat of the movement.
Coo coos as they are sometimes called have evolved over the years and have become quite ornate with the carvers showing their expertise with intricate carvings and details of these fine pieces of art. Many will come with music with twirling dancers and animated water-wheels, wood-choppers and beer-drinkers. The Oktoberfest theme with beer-drinkers is very popular today as are many of the hunting and carved leaf and bird style clocks.
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