Here is a magnificent clock. This trumpeter clock was made by Emilian Wehrle in Furtwangen, Germany circa 1868.The clock has a beautiful carved walnut case. The carving style is early, true to the age. The pediment has a small stag head in the oak leaves and acorns, the base is done with twisted branches with a bird in its nest. The base of the clock is not flat, but is round. There was a lot of work that went into the carving of this piece.
The clock has a wood plate two train movement that gives time and music complications on four horns. The clock has a large wind chest mounted on the top of the movement with a double pumping bellows system. The movement pumps the bellows generating the needed air pressure as the pinned music wheel rotates, opening and closing the vales in the correct sequence to reproduce the complex trumpeters tune.
This tune is played at the top of each hour or on demand. There is a primitive night shut off to silence the music at anytime.
Trumpeter clocks made by Emilian Wehrle are very rare and collectible. Most surviving examples are in unrestored condition. This example has been fully gone through. The case is beautiful, the movement has been dismtled and serviced, all the pneumatics were re done as well. The clock shows and operated flawlessly and is ready to enjoy.
We specialize in locating musical clocks made by Emilian Wehrle. We are always looking to buy trumpeter clocks in any condition for our collection and for our clients. We always have examples in our inventory.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on this piece or others we have available for purchase.
SOLD- Here is a really nice Beha cuckoo and quail. The clock has a three train wood plate movement that calls the 1/4 hours with the quail and the hours with the cuckoo. The movement is signed BEHA three times. There is also a fantastic Beha label on the backboard.
This clock is extremely original, retaining its original carved bone hands, numerals, and bellows and pipes. Even the leather on the bellows is original and untorn. A great example of a well preserved clock.
The clock is housed in a model 622 case. Nicely carved with oak leaves and a large bird at the apex of the pediment. Nice Beha quality details throughout.
We specialize in locating Beha cuckoo clocks for collectors worldwide. If you are looking to add a cuckoo clock made by Johann Baptist Beha to your collection, contact me at email@example.com
We have taken lots of photographs and a video of this clock. Enjoy!
This shelf cuckoo clock was made by Johann Georg Beha. Johann Georg was a distant relative and apprentice of the famous Johann Baptist Beha. Johann Georg died at a very young age, so very few of his clocks were made and are very rare today. See my book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks, for more information on this maker.
The clock is unusual in many ways.
First the motif. While the hunter motif is very common in wall hanging clocks, its unusual to find this motif on a shelf cuckoo. The carving on this motif is also very asymmetrical.
Second the case is carved from a solid block of hardwood. No sod wood here. Normally a cuckoo clock is constructed first with a box like housing with carvings later applied. This clock is different. The while case is one piece. The only exemption is the dial/bezel which is another single piece of wood. The dial work in the carving is exquisite, there are many cut throughs and piercing. Everything is in full relief and the case is interesting to look at from any angle. The back of the carving is dished out to take a wood plate spring powered 50 hour movement. The back board is hinged at the bottom, permanently attached to the case.
Beautiful carved bone hands, brass numerals, and a light warm finish set the clock off nicely.
We specialize in the acquisition and restoration of rare and unusual cuckoo clocks. We buy, sell, and trade high quality Black Forest clocks. If you are looking to add an investment quality clock to your collection contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a nice early miniature. This Black Forest clock has a one piece enamel shield attached to a wooden backboard. The shield has a height of under 5.5″. Wood plate movement with brass wheels is 3″ high x 2 1/4 wide. The whole clock easily fits int he palm of the hand.
The back plate of the movement is singed P. Weisser. Pius Weisser was born in 1825, and specialized in making small clocks in Eisenbach. Several singed clocks made by his hand have been found.
This is a really clean example of a signed Jockele.
We are always buying, selling, and trading in rare and unusual Black Forest clocks.
We specialize in the restoration of fine antique Cuckoo cuckoo clocks.
Our in house carver is one of the best in the world, with extensive experience working with the finest antique Black Forest examples.
Our extensive archives holds many original makers catalogs as well as original carvers drawings and patterns allowing us to reference material to aid in a correct conservation/restoration. Our private collection is extensive allowing us to have original parts and components to duplicated. Using all of these resources we can properly restore any Black Forest clock.
If you have a fine Black Forest clock that needs restoration contact me at email@example.com
Our turnaround time is prompt, our prices are reasonable, and the quality of our work is second to none.
Here is a example of a pendulum off a fine carved Beha cuckoo clock.
We took on the restoration of a clock that was missing its original pendulum. Instead of settling for a poor quality replacement, our carver was able to reproduce the pendulum to the exact details of the original… properly finishing the resonation.
Carving of this quality is nearly a lost art.
Contact me for a free consolation Justin@blackforestclocks.org
Here is a recent acquisition. This is a beautiful example of a Black Forest trumpeter clock. This clock was made by Gordian Hettich Sohne in Furtwangen Germany circa 1900. The brass plate movement is stamped GHS.
The case is a beautiful example of a Bahnhäusle (railroad) style case with a two tone ebonized and walnut finish. The clock is very original and untouched. A perfect example of this type of clock.
The clock calls the full and half hours with the sound of a trumpeters call. When the clock strikes the large double doors open revealing a wood carved trumpeter figure. As the figure appears the movement activates the two bellows/reed/horn assembles, playing three notes for each hour. Following the three note set the hammer strikes the gong. At 1:00 the clock will play three notes with a single strike to the gong, at 12:00 the clock will sound 36 notes in 12 three note sets with a strike to the gong folioing each set.
This clock has a complication that allows the one of the notes to flutter, playing two notes. It creates a much more complicated trumpeters call.
We looked in our archives and have found this model shown in a GHS catalog from circa 1900.
We have taken a short video showing this clock in action:
We are always interested in purchasing Black Forest trumpeter clocks both for our collection and for clients worldwide. We always have several trumpeter clocks in our inventory available for purchase. Contact me at Justin@blackforestclocks.org
Here is a new acquisition. To say this clock is rare is an understatement. Any Beha shelf cuckoo clock with a music box is rare, but very few of them are in heavily carved cases. In all the years we have been collecting this is the second example that we have owned.
This identical clock (not a clock like it but this exact piece) was photographed and documented in the book, Black Forest Clocks, by Rick Ortenburger (Schiffer 1991). The clock can be seen in a 5 photograph spread on page 104-105.
This Beha is seen in a 512 case. The 512 is one of the finest carved examples offered by Beha, and it was very popular, so today its a fairly common case style to locate. However, this example was carved in fruit wood. The detail work is exquisite and the finish is warm and light. Very few 512′s were done in fruit wood and of this quality. Because the clock is musical the case is also larger then its normal non musical brothers. The base is extended to take the large 6 tune musical movement.
The movement is a wood plate with double fusses giving the clock a running duration of 8 days. The cuckoo calls the full and half hours. After the cuckoo calls the full hours the music box is activated and one of six tunes is played. The tunes on the music box are very nice and include the Scottish New Years tune “Auld Lang Syne”, God Save the King (aka My Country Tis of Thee) and others. The music box is of the highest quality with several sustained trills in the tune.
The music box and clock movement recently underwent a full overhaul and are playing perfectly. We have been running this clock around the clock for the past 24 hours and the music that fills the house each hour is such a treat.
We have taken a video that gives you a closer look at the clock, we have taken other videos of the different tunes and the movement. These can be found on our you tube channel.
We are always interested in adding musical shelf cuckoo clocks to our collection. We also specialize in locating rare and unusual Black Forest clocks for collectors worldwide. Please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or vist me at www.blackforestclocks.org
We are always buying, trading, and selling rare and unusual Black Forest clocks.
SOLD SOLD SOLD- Here is another monster carved cuckoo clock. This example is musical. After cuckoo calls the large four tune music box is activated, so cuckoo and music every 30 minutes. There is a night shut off on the music.
This clock is in excellent original condition. Needing only minor carving restoration and a mechanical overhaul.
We will begin the restoration this week, it will be completed by 3/1/2014.
We will update our website when the clock is finished.
This is the third example we have sold in the past two months, and the last in our inventory. The other two sold before the restoration work was finished.
Please contact me at email@example.com if we can provide additional details or make this clock yours. We can get this clock to you anywhere worldwide.
We specialize in locating these huge antique Black Forest cuckoo clocks for clients worldwide. Here is a recent acquisition and its is available for purchase today. This is a fantastic example of a monster Antique Black Forest hunter cuckoo clock. This example was made circa 1880-1900.
This clock is considered a 5 foot clock. Its actual measurements from the antlers to the bottom of the game bag is 57″. This measurement is all clock! The clock is 30″ wide across the pediment. The life size rabbit and hare are 2 feet!. This clock is an absolute monster. It is perfect to hang above your fireplace, or to be put in a room with large vaulted ceilings. We have supplied these large antique clocks for cabins, hunting lodges, restaurants, and collectors worldwide. This clock will put a presence on any room.
What makes this example especially nice is the clock is equipped with a robust key wind fusee movement. This movement gives the clock a running duration of 8 days!. There are no chains and no weights on this clock. The lack of weights allow this clock to be displayed in many environments where the weight driven examples won’t allow. ex above a fireplace where the mantle will inter fear with the weight drop. Plus the weight driven examples must be wound each day. Wind this one once a week and forget about it.
The quality of carvings is absolutely exquisite. Quality in these clocks is everything, and this example has it all. Everything looks alive and real. Everything is carved in full relief…the rifles that cross under the stags head have variation between the two guns…. a small detail that shows the carver took his time on this piece.
The center of the dial is carved in a floral motif, the hands are fantastic bone carved hands. The cuckoo doors are large double doors similar to a Beha cuckoo clock. The pipes and bellows are original too, giving this clock a deep rich cuckoo sound. The cuckoo bird is a plump wood bird, on a wood perch, true to a clock made pre 1900.
When sold new in the late 19th century this would have been an extremely expensive clock… today the quality of the carvings and the movement used in modern Black Forest clock production don’t even come close when compared to this antique example, yet a new clock of this size would cost about $10-15,000… and the second you hang it on the wall its worth a fraction of the price paid. In contrast this is a true investment piece, that will just continue to appreciate with time… and you can own it for a fraction of what a modern clock of this caliber would cost.
We can crate and ship this clock worldwide. We travel throughout the western United States and may be able to personally deliver this clock within this region. Contact me for details.
Here is a magnificent Black Forest Clock we recently located. This Rooster clock was made by Emilian Wehrle c. 1890. It is one of the hardest of the post 1850 Black Forest clocks to locate, with maybe a dozen or so surviving examples worldwide. Most very advanced Black Forest clock collections lack an example.
If you are looking to learn more about the rooster clock, our book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks, has the most comprehensive overview of these rare pieces… with many examples shown.
This particular clock was located in the United Kingdom. We first heard about it years ago, the owner having owned it for decades. We made an offer on the clock and after years of patience were able to acquire it. The clock just underwent a full restoration and is now seen in its original glory.
We have included several photos of the clock along with a video of your enjoyment. We specialize in the restoration and acquisition of rare and unusual Black Forest clocks.
If you are looking to have your clock restored or are looking to acquire that impossible to find piece we can help.
We are always buying Black Forest clocks in any condition and always have pieces available for sale. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a fantastic large antique Black Forest cuckoo and quail clock. The clock is 3 feet tall from the eagle on the top, to carved oak leaves on the bottom of the case. This measurement does not include the weights or pendulum!
The clock has a fantastic full relief carved eagle on the pediment. The eagle has an 18″ wingspan. The clock is nearly 2 feet wide at 22″. We have taken a photo of the clock being held to give you an idea of its large size.
The motif is very romantic, with the hunters hound chasing the stag on the forest floor. No dead animals anywhere! All the carving are in full relief, the large stag and hound protrude from the front of the case, so the clock looks great from any angle.
The size of this clock is… in my opinion… perfect. We do get larger clocks, but they can be very difficult to display, especially in a home with 8 foot ceilings. This 3 foot example is large enough to put a presence on the room, or be put above a fireplace… but it will retain its proportions on a standard 8′ wall.
This clock is a cuckoo and quail. This is a much rarer variety then a standard cuckoo clock, especially in this large size and motif. The clock uses three weights to call the quarter hours. ex. 1 call for 15 minutes after, 2 calls for 30 minutes, 3 calls for 45 minutes, and 4 calls at the top of the hour… followed by the full hour call.
The quail with call the quarters, the cuckoo calls the full hours. Lots of action here!
The clock is fully restored. The movement has been dismantled, put through an ultra sonic cleaner, reassembled and adjusted. It will provide many years of worry free service.
We also have a twin to this clock in our collection. The case/motif is nearly identical, but with the standard cuckoo only complication. The other clock will be available shortly. If you have the space, they would look fantastic in a collection displayed side by side.
We specialize in the acquisition and restoration of rare and unusual Black Forest clocks for collectors worldwide. We are also always interesting in purchasing clocks like anything shown on our website. Please contact me at: Justin@blackforestclocks.org
We just located another fantastic musical clock. This trumpeter clock was made by Emilian Wehrle in Furtwangen Germany before 1868. The clock has a wood plate movement. These are wood plate trumpeter clocks are exceedingly rare, especially in this condition.
The case is exquisitely carved from walnut. The bottom trellis is made from roots the twist and wrap with a bird and its nest in the center. The front of the trellis is not flat but is round. It was carved from a single piece of wood, there was a lot of work involved to achieve this shape. The rest of the clock is decorated with oak leaves and a small stag head at the apex of the pediment.
On the hour the large double doors in the base of the clock open to reveal a trumpeter figure. The figure is carved from wood and painted. The clock produces a complex musical charge on four horns. The clock was originally retailed in Paris France in the 1860′s. The retailers name Ed. Schirrman can be seen on an enamel plaque on the dial. The backboard has an original paper label also baring his name. Schirrman retailed many high end Black Forest clocks made by Johann Baptist Beha, Emilian Wehrle and others. He was the main agent in Paris during this time.
We have just finished the musical restoration of the clock, and will be taking a video of it playing for our youtube channel later this week.
Please check back to see more information on this rare clock.
We specialize in locating rare and unusual Black Forest clocks for collectors worldwide. We locate several Wehrle trumpeter clocks each year. If you are looking to add a Wehrle trumpeter clock to your collection please contact me at Justin@blackforestclocks.org
If you are interested in learning more about Black Forest horology our book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks, is the standard work on the subject. It can be ordered through our website or through fine booksellers worldwide.
Here is a recent addition to our private collection. This magnificent carved Black Forest clock was made Circa 1890. The clock is huge, measuring in a 43 ” in height and 31″ wide, it weights well over 100 pounds! We took a picture of the clock with “Cole” who is four years old to help capture the size of this monster.
The massive case is carved in oak and the detail work is just exquisite. The clock has two full relief eagles on the pediment. They are looking down at the forest floor from the rocky cliff where they rest. At the base, a hunters hound is chasing a big stag.
The carvings are further developed on the sides of the case with rocks and foliage. The large key, which is used to wind the massive 12 tune music box. can be seen in the photo above. The roof of the case is also carved with rocks and broken timbers. Its amazing to see the detail the carver incorporated into areas that are not easily seen.
This is a close up photo of the top of the case showing the two eagles. They are in full relief. There is space behind their bodies which is also carved, even the back side of their heads have detail. The shape of the eagles and the rocks and leaves on the case create a very appealing silhouette against the wall.
The dial is huge. Measuring in at a full 12″, as large as a dinner plate. The hands are not carved from bone, but ivory. The numerals and hands are original and are not modern recarves. The detail work on the large ivory hands is just exquisite.
There is a close up of the base of the clock. Carvings are magnificent. The base measures 31″ across, and the 12 tune music box fills the whole base from end to end!
Here is a view from the back of the clock with the backboard removed,the bottom hinged door for the music box is also opened. The clock movement is a large massive solid brass plate movement. The movement is of the absolute highest quality. It has an 8 day running duration, and uses double fusses to equal the pull of the springs. The countwheel for the strike train is located on the front plate of the movement similar to the movements seen in trumpeter clocks made by Emilian Wehrle. After the clock strikes the hour on a huge gong, the movement activates the music box in the base.
The music box is absolutely huge. It is a 12 tune box made by Paillard, who also supplied the boxes to the Beha firm. The 12 tunes is an important complication, because it allows each hour to have its own unique tune. The tunes can be set to automatically rotate through or a favorite tune can be locked in to repeat each hour.
We have taken a video of the clock next to a large Emilian Wehrle trumpeter clock in our collection. It is rare for another musical Black Forest shelf clock to be able to compete and hold its own against such a fantastic Wehrle.
We are always interested in purchasing rare and unusual clocks for our collection, and also for our clients. We also specialize in locating clocks for collectors worldwide. Please contact me at email@example.com , I can help you locate that museum quality clock you have always wanted.
Here is a recent acquisition. The Beha was located in Germany this fall, and we just recently finished the restoration. We are excited to be able to share it here.
Some of the most desirable and exotic cuckoo clocks made by Johann Baptist Beha are examples that have exposed cuckoo birds. In these clocks the cuckoo bird is oversized, and instead of appearing behind a door is exposed and always in view.
This example is an early clock made in the late 1850′s to the early 1860′s. This clock was made in a period before carving was incorporated into cuckoo clocks. Instead the case is ebonized and decorated with hand painted designs of leaves, flowers, and two birds. The dial is enamel and set behind a brass bezel with glass. The weights are original brass shell lead filled weights, which predate the use of the pinecone. A very early elegant design.
The cuckoo bird is original and retains its original paint. In many cases the exposed cuckoo birds are missing or have been repainted. If you take a look at the movement you can see the movement is equipped with an extra complication to control the permanently fixed large cuckoo bird. The moment lacks the mechanical perch assembly to push a cuckoo bird through the door.
The movement has been fully dismantled, the wood plated cleaned, the metal parts put through and ultra sonic cleaner. Everything was reassembled, oiled and adjusted. The original bellows tops were retained and covered in new leathers. The marbled paper from the pipes was reproduced and used to recover the tops, retaining the originality of the pneumatics.
We are always interested in buying cuckoo clocks with oversized exposed birds. We also specialize in locating these rare exotic cuckoo clocks for advanced collectors. Please contact me at Justin@blackforestclocks.org
We just finished the restoration on this really nice gothic Black Forest cuckoo clock. The clock has a beautiful oak case which has gothic elements, but still retains the Bahnhäusle form.
Look at the movement in this clock. The plates are made of thick cast brass with extensive cutouts to the plates. This is called a skeletonized movement. While most were done as a cost saving measure, this one has so much work done to it the remaining shape is a true work of art.
The movement has been fully dismantled and put through an ultrasonic cleaner. Then reassembled, regulated and oiled. It is perfect and ready to enjoy. The bellows have also been received in new paper and new leather.
This is a very original clock with bone hands, original numerals on the dial, and a plump cuckoo bird.
A nice deep slow cuckoo call at the full and half hours.
It is fully restored and ready to go to a new home.
Contact me at Justin@blackforestclocks.org to make it yours.
Sold- Here is a beautiful carved shelf cuckoo. We just finished with a full restoration and this one is ready for its new home. Please contact us if your interested purchasing this clock.
The carvings on this piece is really exquisite. Check out the detail work, the vines twist and wrap, the lattice looks real. The grape leaves actually twist and cup at the ends. Dial has a nice carved center. Bird on the pediment is extremely well done.
This clock has original bone hands and bone grommets in the dial. These are not modern re carved hands.
The clock is extremely original from the plump wood cuckoo bird to the original bellows and pipes.
The clock retains an original repair label from 1894 that we have preserved behind acid free plastic.
Just a great clock to add to your collection. It has been serviced and needs nothing, cosmetically or mechanically.
The clock was made by Philipp Haas Sohne in St Georgen between 1870-1880. A great high quality antique shelf cuckoo.
We specialize in the acquisition and restoration of high quality Black Forest Clocks. If you have a high quality clock that you are looking to have restored please contact us. We are also always purchasing quality clocks in any condition for our own collection and for our clients. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some photos of a huge 4 foot musical cuckoo clock we recently located. The clock has exquisite carvings with two full relief eagles. They look real and alive. Check out the detail, just spectacular. At the base of the clock is a family of three ibexes also carved in full relief. This is one of the finest large carved cuckoo clocks we have ever seen anywhere. All carvings are done is walnut. Usually the quality of the carving diminishes with the size of the clock, the bigger the clock the less detail the carver is able to incorporate. This clock is totally against the norm. Not only is the size huge, but the detail is exquisite.
The clock also has a massive 6 tune music box which plays a new tune at the top of each hour.
We are currently working on overhauling the clockworks, recovering the original bellows with new skins and overhauling the six tune music box. We will update this site with the clock again once the work is completed.
We specialize in the acquisition and restoration of rare and unusual Black Forest clocks. If you are looking to acquire an investment quality example, or looking to have your clock restored contact me at email@example.com
Here is a nice clean Black Forest cuckoo and quail clock. This is a clock that is available for purchase.
This clock was just fully serviced a few months ago. The movement dismantled, put through an ultra sonic cleaner, reassembled, oiled, and regulated. The clock retains its original pipes, new bellows were added during the restoration.
The case is nicely carved in linden wood, and has a motif of oak leaves, acorns, and a large full relief eagle. The case is 22″ tall and 17″ wide. The eagle has a 17″ wingspan.
Nice bone hands, plump wood cuckoo and quail.
We specialize in locating quality Black Forest clocks for customers worldwide. We also specialize in Black Forest clock restoration.
We employ a full-time master carver so we can get your clock restored to the highest standards with a very reasonable turn around.
Here is a real antique monster. 56″ tall not including weights and chains… all clock. 31″ wide. Made circa 1900. All the carvings are excellent quality. Animals look real. Pheasent and Hare are 2 foot + (life size). A very nice original clock. Perfect for your cabin, lodge, restaurant, or collection.
We have taken a video that shows the clock up close. We can arrange delivery worldwide.
Here is a magnificent shelf cuckoo clock! This clock just got finished with a full restoration and is ready to enjoy. The clock is large, measuring in at 28.5″ high and 20 inches across the base. The carvings are just exquisite and all dine in full relief. It is large to capture the size and quality of the carvings in the photos and videos, but they should give you an idea of why this clock is special.
The clock has ORIGINAL carved bone hands, these are not modern re carves.
The clock has a robust brass plate movement that is powered by springs giving the clock an 8 day running duration. The cuckoo train also has a fusee.
We are always looking to add Antique cuckoo clocks to our collection, and also have customers world wide looking for quality clocks. If you have anything that might be for sale please contact me at Justin@blackforestclocks.org
We also offer professional restoration work. If you have a clock that needs carvings restoration, finish work, or mechanical work we can get the job done. Quick turn arounds too. Email me for before an after photos of our work.
At the request of another collector we pulled this clock out of our storage for some photos. Now that its out we will start the restoration and will have it done in early 2013. Keep checking back for updates on this clock and others.
This is a magnificent trumpeter clock. Although its being shown in “as found” unrestored condition, its clear to see it is a very clean clock.
It will not take much cosmetically or mechanically bring it back and have it singing again.
The clock retains its original heavily carved bone hands and original wood carver trumpeter figure.
This clock has a wood plate movement, its an early trumpeter movement that uses a clockwork style fly to govern the sped vs the endless worm gear that is found not he later examples. By its design we can date the clock pre 1868.
The original Emilian Wehrle label is still on the back of the wind chest, you can see it peeking through the original retailers label that was pasted over… a common practice to make it appear as if the retailer was also the manufacture. We can tall the clock was retailed new in Baden Baden by this label.
The carving quality is excellent. On the apex is a large detailed caved ibex head mounted to a plaque. Lots of character in its face. The pediment is original to the clock.
The clock is large at 3 feet high, and 20″ across the pediment. It extends 14″ from the wall.
We are always interested in purchasing Wehrle trumpeter clocks in any condition to add to our collection. We also have clients worldwide who are interested in these clocks. If you have an example you would be willing to sell please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a recent acquisition. This is a fantastic carved cuckoo clock. The clock measures 28″ in height and is carved out of solid walnut. The detail is just exquisite, and this finish retains a high polish.
The motif is what really makes this cuckoo clock unusual. The clock features the motif of the Lion of Lucerne, based on the Lion Monument is Lucerne Switzerland. The monument commemorates the Swiss guards that were massacred when revolutionaries stormed the Tuileries Palace, Paris in 1792.
The detail is just exquisite and the carving is symbolic. The dying lion is portrayed impaled by a spear, covering a shield bearing the fleur-de-lis of the French monarchy; beside him is another shield bearing the coat of arms of Switzerland.
The inscription below the sculpture lists the names of the officers and gives the approximate numbers of soldiers who died (DCCLX = 760), and survived (CCCL = 350)
The Lion lies in his lair in the perpendicular face of a low cliff — for he is carved from the living rock of the cliff. His size is colossal, his attitude is noble. His head is bowed, the broken spear is sticking in his shoulder, his protecting paw rests upon the lilies of France. Vines hang down the cliff and wave in the wind, and a clear stream trickles from above and empties into a pond at the base, and in the smooth surface of the pond the lion is mirrored, among the water-lilies.
Mark Twain praised the sculpture of a mortally-wounded lion as “the most mournful and moving piece of stone in the world.”
Around about are green trees and grass. The place is a sheltered, reposeful woodland nook, remote from noise and stir and confusion — and all this is fitting, for lions do die in such places, and not on granite pedestals in public squares fenced with fancy iron railings. The Lion of Lucerne would be impressive anywhere, but nowhere so impressive as where he is.
— Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad, 1880
The cuckoo clock was originally made for the Swiss market and retailed in Lucerne Switzerland… probably sold to a traveling tourist during the early 20th century. The clock was made Circa 1900.
We are always looking to acquire cuckoo clocks with unusual motifs. If you have a nice cuckoo clock you would like to sell please contact me at Justin@blackforestclocks.org
We also specialize in locating rare and unusual Black Forest clocks for clients worldwide. If you are looking to add a magnificent clock to your collection let us help you locate that investment grade clock.
Here is a new acquisition. We recently acquired this beautiful Emilian Wehrle trumpeter clock. The clock is seen in the firms catalog as a model 28. (See our book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks, for the complete catalog)
The clock is in a beautiful architectural case constructed in Walnut. The case was made by the famous Furtwangen cabinet maker Augustin Tritschler. The case is beautifully constructed with 4 inlaid zinc panels around the dial. The dial is brass with extensive engraving.
The original trumpeter figure is just fantastic. We have owned over 30 Wehrle trumpeter clocks over the years, but this is the first time we have seen this figure. The figure depicts the Trumpeter of Säckingen, which was made famous by the poem by Victor von Scheffel.
The clock is in very good original condition. A true untouched Wehrle Gem. The case has just been lightly waxed and we added new crimson red silk to the side doors.
The movement is complete and in fantastic untouched original condition, it is constructed with massive solid brass plates. The clock uses large springs to power the time and music functions… giving the clock a 8 day running duration on the time train. The pneumatics are complete down to the original horns. The leather on the bellows is original and has never been redone.
We will begin the musical restoration this winter and will have the clock brought back to life by Spring. When finished the clock will play a complex musical charge on 4 horns. If you are interested in hearing what the clock will sound like when it is finished we have several videos on our you tube channel of restored clocks. Visit it HERE.
We have taken a 5 minute video giving an up close look at this clock.
We specialize in locating musical clocks made by Emilian Wehrle for clients around the world. If you have a trumpeter clock you are considering selling please contact me at Justin@blackforestclocks.org. We almost always have a Wehrle trumpeter clock available in our inventory.
Here we have a exquisitely carved antique shelf cuckoo clock. This clock was made by the clockmaker Anton Fleig C. 1880.
The case is really spectacular. It is 27″ in height and 18″ wide. It is carved out of a solid block of wood. Where most cuckoo clock cases are constructed out of a wood box with the carvings applied this is different. The case is a large sculpture which has been dished out to accept the cuckoo movement.
All the carvings are done in full relief. The detail is just magnificent. No matter what angle it viewed from it looks stunning. Its hard to capture the size of this piece in a photo… but the standing deer measures 14″ from the hoof across his body to the antlers.
The dial is fantastic with a carved center of oak leaves and acorns. The hands are carved from bone.
We have also taken a video of the clock to give you an up close look.
We are always looking to purchase cuckoo clocks with high quality or unusual motifs. Please contact me at: Justin@blackforestclocks.org if you have something to offer.
Here is a really nice cuckoo clock made by the Beha firm C. 1880.
The clock is in a beautiful walnut Bähnhaulse gothic case. It uses a wood plate spring powered movement to give the clock a running duration of 50 hours.
This a really beautiful clean clock. The clock retains its original cuckoo pipes and bellows, which have been recovered in leather. The bird is also just fantastic retaining its original paint. On the back of the movement the original stop wheels are still present, they are almost always missing.
The clock was recently serviced, the movement totally disassembled and cleaned, ready to provide years of enjoyment.
The clock also comes on a contemporary wall bracket, that really sets it off on the wall.
On the backboard is a beautiful label from the retailer Camerer Kuss who originally sold the clock in London.
We specialize in locating rare cuckoo clocks for clients around the world. We are also always buying quality Black Forest please contact me at email@example.com if I can be of assistance.
Here is a fantastic Beha cuckoo clock we just acquired. This is proof that the best things sometimes come in small packages. The clock is small measuring in at only about 15″. The carving is beautiful. The ivy twists and wraps around the clocks framework. This is a difficult model to find, and the first one we have owned.
The clock was made by the Beha firm in the late 1860′s-1870′s.
The pendulum is magnificent and matches the carving motif. The rod is made with alternating rods of brass and iron.
The weights are fanatic and original. We only see this style of weights every couple years. They are carved from wood and filled with lead. A nice change to the much more commonly seen pine cone.
The clock uses a wood plate movement with a 30 hour running duration.
We have taken lots of photos of the clock for your viewing pleasure. There is also a video that allows you to hear the cuckoo call.
Here is a recent acquisition. We just acquired this magnificent Emilian Wehrle trumpeter clock. We always get excited when the opportunity arises to acquire such a choice piece.
This model is seen in the Emilian Wehrle and Co catalog as a model number 30. The catalog was distributed around 1890 (To see the whole catalog and price list check out the comprehensive book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks)
The case is magnificent and was made by the famous Furtwangen cabinet maker Augustin Tritschler. There are nearly 30 turning on the case, and all the recesses are inlayed with burl walnut. The dial is metal with a gilded center and its protected by a brass glass ring bezel.
On the hour the double doors will open and a complex musical tune is played on the organ on four horns. The movement will run for 8-days and it also has a night shut off feature to silence the music.
The figure in this clock is just beautiful, and is based on the poem by Victor von Scheffel’s “Trumpeter of Sackingen”.
The back of the windchest has a label from Emilian Wehrle “EWC”, and a calling card is attached to the inside of the case which advertises the firms trumpeter clocks, flute clocks, and singing bird clocks.
The clock just finished the cosmetic restoration to the case, and now the mechanical restoration will begin. We expect the clock will be finished by the spring of 2014 and at that point we will give an update on our website.
We have taken a short video showing the clock before the restoration which can be viewed here.
We acquired this magnificent Emilian Wehrle trumpeter clock last year. It is shown here fully restored in all its glory, looking (and sounding) as good as it did the day it left Emilian Wehrle’s workshop in Furtwangen. Here is a look of how the clock was brought back to life.
When the clock was located last year it was in very poor condition, neglected for many years. The clock was pulled out of the rafters in an old barn in England and sent to auction.
Regardless of the condition the clock was in we saw its huge potential, as large carved shelf clocks made by Emilian Wehrle are very hard to locate today.
After some competitive bidding, we were successful in acquiring the clock, and had it crated for delivery to the USA. When it arrived and everything was sorted, amazingly 90% of the original carvings were still with the clock.
The case was turned over to our world class carver who took on the tedious task of putting the case back together. Where needed new wood was added and re carved. All breaks were meticulously filled so after the refinishing they would disappear. Here is a photo of the clock after it was reassembled with the carving work completed.
In our archives we have several Emilian Wehrle catalogs and were able to identify the clock as a model 20. Its the only surviving example of this model we have seen to date.
From the carver we delivered the case to our finisher who is an expert in working with these antique Black Forest clocks. He cleaned the old finish removing years of dirt, grime, and build up. By custom mixing dyes and pigments the new carvings and old breaks disappeared and the case was brought back to life. New custom carved bone numerals were fitted to the dial, along with new silk on the side doors.
The movement was brought to master clockmaker Dorian Clair in San Francisco, California. Dorian totally overhauled the movement and the pneumatics bringing the trumpeters tune back to life. Here is a video of the movement removed from the case after its full overhaul. The trumpeters tune has been brought back to life, and after fine tuning it possibly sounds better then it did originally in 1880′s.
From this point the movement was mounted back into its case and the clock was delivered to its new home.
We specialize in locating rare and unusual Black Forest clocks for the discerning collector. If you are looking to add an investment quality clock to your collection please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We just picked up another monster hunter cuckoo clock.
This example is being shown here in unrestored condition as we found it. Its a very original clock with only minor losses to the carving here and there. The quality of carving on this example is exquisite.
We just gave the clockworks a mechanical tune up, and the case will be going to the carver next week.
We will update the website with full photos and a video of it in action when it returns.
I am always looking to acquire large cuckoo clocks, please contact me if you have an example that would be available.
We recently acquired this magnificent musical cuckoo clock. This cuckoo clock was made by Johann Baptist Beha in Eisenbach circa 1880.
It is currently undergoing restoration. It just got back from our carver, having the minor losses to the carving addressed. We are sharing it here in its current stage of restoration.
The case is carved in fruit wood, giving it a warm glow. Its always refreshing to find a clock with a light colored case.
The carvings are just exquisite. Beautiful scene of hunting dogs in the trees on the pediment. Fruit and birds adorn the lower section of the case.
The case is huge measuring just under 3 feet tall! Very large for a Beha shelf cuckoo.
The clock uses a traditional wood plate double fusee movement giving the clock a running duration of 8 days. In the base of the clock is a large 8″ cylinder music box which is activated after the cuckoos call. The box will play one of 8 tunes, which automatically rotates.
The bird in this cuckoo clock is absolutely huge. In fact its the largest cuckoo bird we have ever seen behind a cuckoo door… The opening for the bird is huge and the bird fills the space. Its clear Beha wanted the cuckoo bird to remain in proportion to the clock.
The case is seen in the Beha firms catalog as a model 701. Its the only model 701 we have ever seen in any collection public or private.
WE ARE ALWAYS LOOKING TO PURCHASE HIGH QUALITY CUCKOO CLOCKS.
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Although we have owned dozens of monk clocks over the years, this is the first Monk and Nun clock we have had the opportunity to purchase. A detailed over view of this clock can be found in our book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks.
This clock is the bigger brother to the smaller and much more common monk clock.
The case of this clock is walnut, constructed in the form of a church or cathedral. It is large, nearly 3 feet tall.
We have taken a video giving a detailed overview of the clock in action, but will include a brief explanation here.
The clock has a large three train movement. It uses 4 hammers and 4 bells to call the 1/4 hours. Its function is similar to a cuckoo quail. The nun calls the quarters and the monk calls the full hours.
The clock retains its original bell tower and bells. The upper bell is linked the quarter strike the lower bell to the hour strike.
Its a complex movement the not only keeps time, but all calls the quarters and full hours on bells, controls the automata in the base of the case, and the automata in the bell tower, which varies based on the quarter and full hour.
A fantastic example of the craftsmanship of the Black Forest clockmakers.
The last photo shows the monk and nun next to the apostle clock. In our archived in an original GHS catalog that shows the Apostle clock and the monk and nun clock being offered. The are found in the catalog next to each other on the page, and can be seen here in the flesh after over 100 years of leaving the Schwarzwald.
We just finished the restoration work on this rare Beha cuckoo and quail clock.
The carving is just exquisite on this piece. Look at how the vines wrap and twist around the leaves. The leaves wrap and bend and fold. There are four birds on the clock. One in the vines of the pediment. Two on the case, and one on the pendulum.
The pendulum on this clock was shown previously, and is one of the most fantastic Beha pendulums we have ever seen.
The clock has a wood plate three train movement, and retains its original bellow tops and pipes.
The condition of this clock is just fantastic. A real original Beha GEM.
We are always looking to purchase cuckoo clocks with high quality carvings.
It was made by Emilian Wehrle in Furtwangen Germany during the 1870′s.
The case is carved from Walnut and is in a very unusual motif.
On top of the clock is a large full feathered song bird. It has automata to his head, beak, and tail. On the top of the hour clock reproduces the song of the bird as the bird comes to life in a wonderful mechanical display.
The clock just came back to us from a full restoration. The carvings were restored and all losses addressed. It now looks and operates as beautiful as the day it left the factory.
We have included multiple photos of the clock here as well as a video of the clock in action.
We are always looking to by Singing bird clocks. If you have a clock like this in any condition please contact me. Absolute top dollar paid. We are also interested in other musical clocks made by the Wehrle firm including the Trumpeter Clocks, Flute Clocks, and Rooster Clocks.
This is a magnificent Black Forest automata clock. It just had a full restoration and is now in perfect working order.
The clock was made by the Furtwangen firm, Gordian Hettich Sohn c. 1890-1900. The robust brass plate movement is signed “GHS”.
On the top of the hour the double doors are opened and the 12 Apostles cross the balcony in the cathedral from one door to the other. While the automata is in action the cathedral bells are sounded on three gongs. The clock has a night shutoff that allows the automata and strike to be silenced.
The case is constructed in oak in the form of a cathedral. It measures over 3 feet in height.
The apostle clock is a Black Forest clocks that is highly collectible, they are very difficult to find exceptionally in this condition. We have been fortunate enough to own four examples over our collecting career. If you are looking in acquire and example please contact us at Justin@blackforestclocks.org
We have taken two videos one showing the action from the front of the clock, the other showing the mechanism.
A very exotic clock and a true museum piece from the firm Johann Baptist Beha c. 1860.
The most noticeable exotic feature is the clock has a very large cuckoo bird that is perched in the open arch at the top of the case. The bird does not move from behind close doors but is permanently fixed. When the cuckoo calls a large arm on the back of the movement activates the automata. The bird has a moving beak and wings.
The clock also has eye automata in the painting. as the pendulum swings the eyes move left to right.
It is extremely rare to find a Beha with with a large fixed bird. It is almost unheard of to find one with additional forms of automata and a tinplate painting.
The clock is awell known documented clock and was included in Wilhelm Schneiders book “Beha-Uhren”. It is one of only three know surviving examples and as far as we can tell the only example in the United States.
We are always looking to add exotic Beha cuckoo clocks to our collection. If you have a cuckoo clock with a large oversized bird in any condition please contact me at email@example.com. Top dollar paid.
Beautiful table clock made by Samuel Kammerer, Furtwangen C. 1860
Case is heavily inlayed with contrasting walnut veneer creating a motif of oak leafs and acorns in the base and around the dial. Banding on the front door and upper arch of case.
Detailed fretted side doors lined with red silk.
Large alabaster dial with enamel cartouches set in embossed brass bezels.
Oil painting on zinc set behind glass in upper arch of the case depicting a dog chasing a hare. As the pendulum swings the eyes of the animals move with the pendulums swing. Although this complication is relatively common in wall clocks, it is seldom seen in table clocks making this a very rare piece.
The movement has massive brass plates of the highest quality. It features an inverted count wheel and is stamped “S. Kammerer Furtwangen”. Samuel Kammerer made some of the highest quality clocks with brass movements in the Black Forest. He also produced the brass movements for Emilian Wehrle. Today his clocks are some of the most desirable Black Forest clocks made during the second half of the 19th century.
We are always looking for Black Forest clocks with automata. Especially table clocks with paintings with eye automata with and without a cuckoo.
For more information on these clocks or Samuel Kammerer check out our comprehensive book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks.
This is a fun Black Forest automata. These have become increasingly difficult to locate in recent years. On the full and half hours the lower door to the church opens and the monk proceeds to pull the rope casing the bells to chime. As the bells chime the small bell in the upper tower also swings in a automata display.
Of course the automata is just the show, the real sound comes from the clockworks where two large hammers strike two large bells. There are also two arms on the movement that control the automata one for the monks arms the other for the bell in the upper tower. Another mechanism opens and closes the door.
The bell ringer figure on this example is especially fine. Look at the detail in the original paintwork on his face.
A view from the back showing the large cast brass movement with two bells which was made by Philipp Haas & Söhne.
Johann Baptist Beha is without question one of the most famous cuckoo clockmakers to have ever lived. The innovations that he brought to the cuckoo clock without question shaped the cuckoo clock into the clock that is recognized today.
Although his innovations are many, possibly the most significant innovation he brought was being the first in the Black Forest to integrate the cuckoo movement into an enclosed case. Before this time the cuckoo was only being produced with a lacquered shield.
Although this small and simple Beidermeier cuckoo with alabaster comumns looks unassuming. This clock is so histrionically significant because it was made by Johann Baptist Beha in 1842, when he was just 27 years old, it is one of the earliest known examples of a cased cuckoo clock. If fact there is just one other known surviving example of a cased cuckoo clock from this period, and it resides in the Cuckooland Museum in the UK.
This clock is also documented in the book Beha Uhren by Wilhelm Schneider. It is shown in the first page of the Beha chapter next to the only other known example, and it historic significance is discussed in detail.
Its history is equally exciting. The clock was first discovered by the author in the early 1980′s. A blurry photo was sent from the United States to Germany. After this initial contact the owner of the clock and its owner vanished and it was lost. Even though the photo was of very poor quality, its historical significance made it worthy to be included in the publication. The photo of this identical clock first taken in the early 1980′s is featured in the book.
With great fortune I recently purcahsed a large collection of over 20 Black Forest clocks. To my excitement this Beha, that has been “missing” for decades was apart of this collection… and now it has a permanent home here.
We are always interested in purchasing cuckoo clocks. Especially early clocks made by Johann Baptist Beha during the 1840′s and 1850′s.
I just returned from purchasing a large collection of Black Forest clocks. There are 23 wonderful pieces that were acquired in a single transaction. Over a dozen of them were published in Rick Ortenburger’s book, Black Forest Clocks, back in 1991. Over the next few days we will share a few of the clocks from this collection on our blog. While several of the pieces will be added to our private collection we do not have the space to keep everything, so clocks will be made available.
This is a beautiful trumpeter clock made by Gordian Hettich Sohn in Furtwangen Germany C. 1890. The clock plays a bugle call of 3 notes on two horn, once for each hour.
The case is fantastic. A very unusual motif. Our favorite detail is the small snail that is incorporated into the motif at the bottom of the clock.
This identical clock was featured in Rick Ortenburger’s book, Black Forest Clocks on page 228. The author dedicated a full page to this clock in the trumpeter clock chapter.
We have taken several photos of the clock and a video of the clock in action.
We located this beautiful Emilian Wehrle model #8 trumpeter clock in Amsterdam. Its a wonderful example of Emilian’s work fro 1880. The case is fantastic with full columns, a round top, and exquisite carvings. After striking the hour the clock plays a complex musical tune on 6 zinc horns. As the tune plays the large double doors open and the trumpeter figures step out onto the balcony.
The condition of this piece is fantastic. One of the cleanest we have found. The clock retains the retailers label of Ed Schirrmann in Paris. Schirrman was a retailer that specialized in Black Forest clocks, importing many wonderful pieces into France.
My book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks, is the most comprehensive text in any language dedicated to Emilian Wehrle and his musical clocks.
I am always looking to purchase trumpeter clocks in any condition. If you have a clock you would like me to consider please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
At the moment I have a pair of rare Beha model 932 monk clocks sitting on my coffee table. It it amazing to have both of these rare pieces together.
The clock on the right is in my private collection. In addition to the traditional features found on a Beha monk clock (8- day time, hour strike with cuckoo call, Angelus strike with monk automata)… It also has a rare cuckoo or quail complication which allows you to choose between a cuckoo or a quail call. There were only two Beha monk clocks ever made with this complication according to the Beha records… and it is the only known surviving example.
The clock on the left is a traditional model 932. The condition of this piece is fantastic. One of the nicest known surviving examples. The color contacts on the case is beautiful.
I recently located the second clock in England, and it has already been sold to a new home. I will be personally delivering the clock to California shortly.
I am always interested in purchasing cuckoo clocks with monk complications. If you have an example in any condition please contact me. My book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks, also provides a detailed overview of the clocks made by Johann Baptist Beha during the 19th century. Author signed copies can be ordered directly through our website.
This new acquisition arrived to us today from England. It had been in the same collection for nearly 50 years.
These rare miniature clock peddlers are some of the most desirable examples of Black Forest miniatures and are aggressively perused by advanced collectors.
This example was made circa 1855. He is hand formed out of sheet zinc and rests on a zinc base.It retains all of its original paint, is in fantastic condition.The detail work is just fantastic. On his chest is a small working timepiece.
We are always looking to purchase examples of Black Forest clock peddlers for our collection and for our clients. If you have an example that is made from sheet tin (not cast) please contact me at email@example.com
This is a beautiful Black Forest clock. It is a great example of traditional cottage clockmaking before the factories and mass production changed the industry forever.
This lacquered shield clock is rare because it is equipped with a three train movement that has a quarter-hour strike complication on 4 bells.
The clock is signed: ANDREAS ECHLE IN SCHÖNWALD. Andreas Etchel (1801-1850) is known to have made a few other similar clocks with four bells.
The clock is in beautiful original condition. We have included several photos of the clock and a video showing the movement with the shield removed.
If you are interested in learning more about rare and unusual Black Forest Clocks, please check out our new book. Our book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks, is the most comprehensive text on the subject in English, and has a whole chapter dedicated to the complex striking clocks.
This is a beautiful carved shelf cuckoo clock. Although we have owned it for several years, the restoration was just completed and we are excited to be able to add it into our collection.
The clock is heavily carved and features a farm motif. All the carvings are done in full relief and are of the highest quality. The case of the clock and all carvings are done in solid walnut. The case is carved to look like a barn with full shingling all the way around. The case being constructed out of solid walnut vs a veneer allowed the carver to carved the case before the carvings were applied giving this piece an extra depth of detail. This is a similar design to our Emilian Wehrle shelf trumpeter clock.
The clock features a farm motif with various farm implements scattered around the barn, a rooster and hen are perched on the thatched roof. The cuckoo appears behind the set of double doors in the barn.
The clock uses a robust brass plate movement with a single fusee with deliver an 8-day running duration. The clock was made by the firm Fürderer Jaegler & Cie.
This model was also offered by the Beha firm and is shown as a model 577 in their catalog. The accompanied price book lists this model at 100 marks (factory price)… making it the most expensive carved cuckoo in the whole Beha catalog. The clock is large, heavy, and the amount of carving labor made this a very expensive cuckoo clock. Today it is one of the most desirable carved motifs for a cuckoo clock, and is very difficult to find.
This clock was offered to us through our website by a family in Sweden. We are always interested in adding high quality cuckoo clocks to our collection and buy them from all over the world. Please contact us if you have anything that may be of interest.
We wanted to share a project that we currently have underway.
This is a magnificent trumpeter clock made by Emilian Wehrle. The case is heavily carved with a romantic motif, and all animals are in full relief. The case measures 43″ in height and the clock is 25″ across the base.
The clock is shown in the Emilian Wehrle catalog as a model #25. This clock had a factory price of 300 Marks in 1880. This example plays two tunes on four horns. (This catalog has been reproduced in our new book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks)
The carving restoration was just completed this past week and the clock is being shown before the new carvings are stained to match the original finish.
We will update everyone with the progress. We will have the clock finished by this Summer.
*** WE ARE ALWAYS INTERESTED IN BUYING TRUMPETER CLOCKS, IN ANY CONDITION. IF YOU HAVE A TRUMPETER CLOCK YOU WOULD CONSIDER SELLING PLEASE CONTACT US***
A few months ago we shared a new acquisition. This post is an update on the progress. Here you can see the clock with the case restoration completed, and a new set of bone hands installed (thank you Roy at bonehands.com). Cosmetically the clock is now perfect.
In the next few months we will finished the mechanical restoration of the movement, then update our website once again with the completed clock.
As a recap this is a very rare clock made by Johann Baptist Beha of Eisenbach, Germany. The clock is in a model 932 Gothic case. The triple fusee movement provides time, strike/cuckoo, and Angelus complications. At 6:00 AM, 12:00 Noon, and 6:00 PM the double doors open in the base of the cathedral and the monk pulls the rope as the Angelus is called. All Beha 932 monk clocks are very rare and desirable, however, this one is extra special. This clock contains an additional complication called a cuckoo or quail. With a lever on the side of the movement the call can be alternated between a cuckoo call or a quail call. The movement uses the same bird, but has an extra pipe. (see the last picture showing the side of the case).
The Beha records show that only two monk clocks were made with this complication (Thank you Wilhelm Schneider), and this is the only known surviving example.
We are always looking to add rare and unusual Black Forest clocks to our collection. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have something you would like us to consider.
This is a recent find that came to us through our website, and it is the first acquisition of 2013.
The clock is being shown in unrestored condition, as it came to us, and we will update this site with the clock after the restoration. We anticipate it to be finished by this summer.
This cuckoo clock from its outward appearance looks to be a nice, but common Beha in a Bahnhäusle style case (seen as a model 124 in the firms catalogs). The case is decorated with nice inlay work and is in very good original condition.
On further inspection the clock has a spring powered woodplate movement, giving the clock a running duration of 50 hours. A nice variation over the much more common weight driven examples.
What really makes this piece special is the clock is also musical. While generally speaking, finding a music box in a wall hanging cuckoo clock is not uncommon, however, this is a complication that was rarely used by the Beha firm.
After the cuckoo calls the hour the clock movement activates a separate music box that plays one of four airs. The activation is done off a series of pins on the clocks count wheel. This exact same mechanism for activating the music is seen on the large shelf cuckoo clocks made by the firm with 8-day movements.
In all our years collecting , and in our research, we had never seen another Beha cuckoo clock with music in a wall hanging case. This included any collection private or public or publication.
We contacted Wilhelm Schenider who is an expert on the Beha firm, and has access to the Beha factory production records. He was able to confirm (and graciously provided us the information) that Beha only made TWO musical cuckoo clocks with the combination of a 50-hour movement in a wall hanging case. He was also able to provide us information about the date the clock was first sold by the factory, the price it sold for, and the country it was originally exported to.
This new insight confirms why we had never seen or heard of another, and it has given us a greater appreciation for this special cuckoo clock. While the large shelf cuckoo clocks with music boxes were much more expensive when new, the rarity of this piece makes it a special find and an important addition to our collection.
We have included a group of photographs of the clock dismantled and a short video showing one of the tunes on the music box.
We are always looking to add unusual cuckoo clocks to our collection. If you have a clock you would consider selling please contact us at email@example.com. We pay top dollar for clocks needed for our collection.
If you are interested in learning more about these “special” Black Forest Clocks, our new book, Rare and Unusual Clocks, provides a detailed road map for collectors both novice and advanced.