The case is finely carved from walnut, measuring a full 2 feet high not including the weights, chains, or pendulum. The detail is exquisite. The motif is a hunting motif, popular with the Black Forest carvers, but this is an unusual variation with two hunting hounds to the left and right of the dial. The traditional stag on the pediment and the crossed rifles and hunting bag at the base.
What really makes this clock special is the musical complication. There is no cuckoo, there is no strike. Instead at the hour the large double doors open to reveal a man seated in a chair playing a lap harp. The movement powers a large two tune music box.
Again no loud strike, no cuckoo, just two beautiful musical tunes. In all the years we have been collecting we have only owned two of these musical clocks. This clock was made by Gordian Hettich & Son, Furtwangen (GHS) at the end of the 19th century.
The clock retains its original backboard with the tune sheet attached. One of the tunes is the “William Tell Overature”.
This clock is available to purchase and would be a wonderful. Christmas gift that would be appreciated for generations.