This is a late 1800's reproduction of a Railroad crossing guard house with wooden in-lay. At quarter after the hour the quail calls once. At half past the hour the quail calls twice and the cuckoo calls once. At quarter till the hour the quail calls 3 times. On the strike of the hour the quail calls 4 times and the cuckoo calls the full hour. It's a busy cuckoo clock.
The Bahnhausle design cuckoo clock has been an incredibly popular design since 1850. Friedrich Eisenlohr of Furtwangen, Germany first submitted the design as part of a contest for the Grand Duchy of Baden. His inspiration was a railroad guard's house overrun by vines and leaves.
Extra mechanized wooden whistles and bellows create the call of a cuckoo bird and a tiny quail. When the clock strikes the hour or half-hour the door opens, a cuckoo appears and calls along with the clock's gong strike.
This clock is hand made in the Black Forest in Germany. The mechanical brass movement is driven by two weights and time escapes with the tick of a traditional pendulum. The cuckoo call sound is made by two wooden whistles with bellows inside the clock case.