Traditional cuckoo clocks, chalet cuckoo clocks, hunting cuckoo clocks, hooting owl clocks, quartz cuckoo clocks, virtually all kinds of cuckoo clocks, stocked, in the USA. We also stock many other types such as mantel and wall clocks.
Please note when shopping, the cuckoo clock is measured from the very top part of the clock, to the very bottom part of the cuckoo clock and does not count the weights or pendulum.
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. Cuckoo Clocks were made to fill time during these winter months and then sold during the spring and summer months by roving clockpeddlers.
Many people think of Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks as a company, when they are really made by many carvers and manufacturers in the Black Forest. 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 cuckoo clocks in many varieties. Cuckoo Kingdom tries to bring you only the best from the Black Forest of Germany. All available for direct shipping within the United States and internationally.
So, just, what is a cuckoo clock? 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 “coo coo”. 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 cuckoo 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.
Cuckoo 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 cuckoo clock mechanism. The pendulum swings back and forth under the clock and controls the timing or beat of the cuckoo clock.
There was also a market for a quartz cuckoo clock, which is battery powered. This type of cuckoo clock is more for the person on the go who wants a cuckoo clock around but does not want to wind the clock as is required of the traditional cuckoo clock. Quartz cuckoo clocks have taken on many of the traits of the traditional cuckoo clocks by utilizing the intricate carvings made by the Black Forest carvers, they just use a battery powered mechanism. Quartz cuckoo clocks are not considered to be “authentic” as they do not use the traditional mechanical mechanism as do the cuckoo clocks of the past.
We do hope this has helped to answer your questions about the German Black Forest cuckoo clock. There are a few books on the market that can help, one being “Black Forest Clockmaker and the Cuckoo Clock” by Karl Kochmann. The Black Forest Clock Association has also evolved and it a go to site for even more information about these fine cuckoo clocks.