Here is a rare Beha cuckoo clock we are currently restoring for a client in the United Kingdom.
The case has now been finished and is absolutely beautiful. We are now doing the movement and will have the work completed in the next few weeks. When it is done we will update our website with photos and a video of the clock in action… before sending it back to the owners in England.
This rare cuckoo clock was made by Johann Baptist Beha in Eisenbach, Germany in the late 1860′s. The detail work in the carving is just exquisite. The carvings are all done in oak, the case has beautiful walnut veneers.
The case style is rare, collectors refer to this style of cuckoo clock as a “drop dial”, as the trunk of the case extends below the dial and the carvings. In the bottom trunk is a access door for the pendulum.
When we first got the clock the case was in very poor condition. The clock had extensive damage to the delicate carvings, while most of the main pieces were still with the clock …. there was extensive losses to much of the detail. Another problem was the breaks were not clean, with lots of splintering and losses at the point of breakage. The carvings also had extensive overspray of paint, giving the finish a very gray and dull color.
The broken parts to the case were carefully inventoried. Our carver professionally repaired the breaks, wood pins were used at each point of breakage. In many cases new wood was added at each breakage point to fill the gaps and losses due to splintering… no putty, resins, or fillers were used in the restoration.
All missing vines, leaves, details to the birds wings (and branch he was perched on) were re carved in the style of the original.
After the carvings were fully restored the clock was given to our finisher, who carefully cleaned the overspray, while preserving the original finish underneath. All the new wood was carefully stained with custom mixed pigments… matching the original carvings and finish… making all the repairs nearly invisible.
The brass was all polished, and the case and carvings waxed and buffed.
We specialize in the restoration of finely carved Black Forest clocks. We can bring your carved clock back to life regardless of its current condition.
Email me to discuss restoring that family heirloom or special clock in your collection.
Justin J. Miller