Magnificent Heavily Carved Black Forest Monumental Shelf Clock

Here is a magnificent piece we just aquired. This large table clock is carved out of a single large block of walnut. It’s large, over 3 feet high and 2 feet wide. The carving is very well done and all the animals look to be alive. The clock has a beautiful eagle in mid flight amoung the trees below there are two ibexes running on the forest floor.


Although the term “Black Forest” is correct to describe this piece, it was actually carved in Interlaken, Switzerland. The carved case is signed by its carver, and was done in the last quarter of the 19th centry. The clock has a beautiful black enamel dial with gold numerals, behind a beveled cut crystal bezel.


Although these Swiss carved “Black Forest” clocks were produced in high numbers, very few were done to this level and are of this quality.

We specilize in locating rare and unusual Black Forest clocks for collectors and clients worldwide. You can contact me at

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Antique Monster Musical Black Forest Hunter Cuckoo Clock circa 1890-1900

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Here is a magnificent Black Forest clock we just finished the restoration on. We specialize in these large antique cuckoo clocks, and get several examples in every year… but this musical piece is special.

The motif is a variation of the traditional hunters motif, and the first like it we have ever had. On the top of the pediment is a large full relief carved grouse. He is massive and life-like. His head tilted back, beak open, and in the middle of a mating call. The pediment is further decorated with oak leaves and crossed rifles. The straps from the rifles wrap around a carved stump that extends out of the center of the pediment.

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Further down the case is a life size pheasant to the left of the dial, the hare to the right. The hunters horn circles the large dial. This clock has a fantastic set of detailed hands carved from bone.

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Below the dial is a tassel, hunters bag, and a pair of quail, all carved very lifelike and in full relief.

The cuckoo calls the full and half hours, and appears behind the right hand door. The cuckoos call is deep and realistic. After the cuckoos call one of 4 musical tunes is played, when the music plays a man seated in a chair holding a zither appears behind the left hand door.

The clock is powered by three iron antique weights in the shape of pine cones. The time is controlled by a detailed carved pendulum with an oak leaf cluster matching the motif on the case above.

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The movement in this clock is a large three train cast brass movement with time, cuckoo-strike, and music complications.

This clock is large measuring in at over 50″ in height and over 30″ across the pediment. It would look fantastic in a large home with vaulted ceilings, in a cabin, lodge, or restaurant.  This clock will put a presence on a room of any size.

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We have uploaded two videos of this clock in action. The first is a short video without narration. The second a narrated longer version.

Antique Cuckoo Clock by Johann Baptist Beha Model 372

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Here is a magnificent Beha cuckoo clock. The case is carved of fruit wood, giving it a light color and high polish finish. Of all the woods Beha used the fruit wood is the most desirable with collectors today.

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This model is a model 372, a tightly carved motif with twisting vines, two wood peckers to the left ad right of the dial, a bird on the upper pediment in the twisting vines, and a ribbon at the base. These models with the tight twisting vines are very desirable and difficult to locate today. We are lucky to get one example of this carved style each year. This is the only model 372 we have seen outside the catalog… and are unaware of another example in any collection public or private.

Beautiful carved bone hands and bone numerals.

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The pendulum is one of the finest we have ever seen on a Beha cuckoo. Also done is fruit wood, with matching twisting vines and leaves with a bird centered on the bob, with a nice brass ad steel rod.

The movement is a traditional wood plate Beha movement from the period of 1880. The movement was just dismantled, cleaned, reassembled and regulated. The bellows are pipes are original, and we just had new leather put on the original tops. The bird is also original and plump, what you would expect from Beha.

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The clock has its original, backboard, weights, chains, gong, and is an excellent investment quality documented cuckoo clock made by the most desirable and famous of the cuckoo clock makers.

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Antique Black Forest Shelf Trumpeter Clock made by Gordian Hettich Sohn

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Here is a nice architectural shelf trumpeter clock that was made by Gordian Hettich Sohn, in Furtwangen Germany, circa 1890. The brass plate spring powered movement is stamped G.H.S. F the traditional marking on the firm.

On the hour the large double doors open and a trumpeter figure appears while a trumpeters call is repeated once for each hour. The call is made of three notes on two horns.

This is a very nice example of a Black Forest trumpeter clock, retaining its original trumpeter figure and pediment top on the case.

We specialize in the acquisition, sale, and restoration of rare and unusual Black Forest clocks.

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Rare Beha Herrenhausle Antique Cuckoo Clock with Music Box and Bracket

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Here is a beautiful Beha cuckoo clock we are restoring. The clock is in the very popular and hard to find “Herrenhausle” case. It was made by Johann Baptist Beha in Eisenbach, Germany, circa 1870.

This antique cuckoo clock has beautiful exotic veneer and two tone finish. While and Beha Herrenhausle cased cuckoo clock is rare, this one is spectacular with a matching bracket and 6 tune music box in the base. After the clock calls the hour with the cuckoo, the large music box in the base is activated and plays a musical tune.

More details to follow

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Extremely Rare Black Forest Musical Clock with Exposed Trumpeter Emilian Wehrle model #22

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Here is a extremely rare Wehrle we just received from Europe. We wanted to take some photos of this piece before the restoration, and then will update this post after the work has been completed.

This is the only model #22 Wehrle we are aware of, it has a beautiful case with a large exposed moving Säckingen figure on the top balcony. The clock also has a factory 6 tune music box in the base that is activated by the clock works. Its a miniature version of the Larger model #33 “Scheffel-Uhr” that can be found on the cover of the book, “Black Forest Clocks” by Rick Ortenburger.

We specialize in locating rare and unusual Black Forest clocks, especially musical clocks (Trumpeter clocks, Flute clocks, Singing Bird clocks, and Rooster Clocks) made by Emilain Wehrle.

We are always interested in buying clocks like the examples shown on our website and will pay top dollar for good pieces. Any condition.

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Here are some more photos of the clock:


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Last photo to show the size of this piece:

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Another MONUMENTAL 5 Foot Antique Cuckoo Clock Under Restoration

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Here is a peek at a project that we have underway. We specialize in locating rare and unusual Black Forest clocks, with a focus on these monumental size antique cuckoo clocks. This piece measures a full 60″ not including the weights, chains, or pendulum… this is all clock!

This example has a very traditional hunters motif with stag head and crossed rifles on the pediment. Large oversized heavily carved cuckoos door. Hunters horn circles the dial, with is further decorated with a carved center. The traditional hunters game, the pheasant and hare to the left and right of the dial. The hunters game bag, tassel, and a pair of quail at the base. This huge clock is sure to put a presence on any room. It would look magnificent in a cabin or a lodge above a rustic fireplace mantle.

Image the time it took for the humble carver in the Black Forest to hand carve this magnificent clock.

The clocks case is shown here fully restored and just back from our carver. All losses to the carving has been addressed and its now flawless. The movement is out for a service but will be back in the next couple weeks.

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We are also always interested in buying clocks like those shown on our website in any condition.

Rare Beha Cuckoo Clock with Match Factory Bracket model 508 8 day Double Fusee circa 1880

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Here is a clock we just got in, and what a magnificent piece it is. This antique cuckoo clock was made by Johann Baptist Beha in Eisenbach, Germany circa 1880.

The clock is a model number 508, a motif of tight twisting grape vines and grapes. The vines actually twist and wrap and the leaves curl and wist. The 508 also has a cross on the top pediment with the vines twisting and wrapping around it. The case of this clock is carved in walnut and it retains its original warm finish.

The clock has a large wood plate movement made from beech and is powered by double fusees, giving the clock an 8 day running duration. Wind it once a week and forget about it.

The Beha model508 shelf cuckoo clocks are very collectible because they were made in far less numbers and are much harder to find then the more commonly seen model 512 and 509 clocks…but what really makes this piece special is it has an original matching bracket to display the clock on the wall.

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The 512, 508, and 509 were offered with an optional matching heavily carved wall bracket for an additional cost… but very few were ordered this way because the firm also offered a wall version of each of these models for a much cheaper price then the shelf clock alone… then the bracket added an additional cost. If the customer wanted the clock on the wall a wall model would have been by far the cheaper option. This clock would have been ordered by a customer who wanted the best and was willing to pay for it. Today a clock like this belongs in an advanced collection.

In all the years we have been collecting, owning hundreds and hundred of rare clocks we have only had two carved Beha shelf cuckoo clocks with factory made matching brackets. The first was a model 509 with a 50 hour movement, and now this 8 day double fusee model 508. We know where there are several examples of model 509 and also 512’s with matching brackets in collections throughout the world… but this is the only 508 we have ever seen to date.

We have uploaded three photos of the clock here. We will be doing a video of the clock in action shortly. The clock has just undergone a service with the movement fully dismantled and cleaned, and new original style gut put on the fusees. The clock also retains its original hands, pendulum, and bird.

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Rare Black Forest Antique Cuckoo Clock with Sentry or Soldier Automata Circa 1890

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Here is another rare piece. This shelf cuckoo clock is constructed like a large house or fortress. The cuckoo appears on the full and half hours through the window looking door in the top of the case.

What really makes this clock special is the sentry or solider that marches back and forth between the two columns or pillars as the pendulum swings. When he gets to the end of his march he does a 180 and proceeds to march back the other way.

This example is in excellent working condition and retains its original sentry and the lower automata mechanism, frequently removed or replaced.

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This clocks is great because it has lots of visual action… a cuckoo that appears and calls every 30 minutes with the strike, and a sentry that marches back and forth as the clock runs… very complex.

We specialize in the acquisition, restoration, and sale of rare and unusual Black Forest clocks. If you are looking to add that perfect conversation piece to your home or collection we can make it happen.

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Rare Antique Black Forest Monk Clock with Exposed Monk circa 1870


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The large wood plate three train movement has, time, hour strike, angelus strike, and automata complications… just like the examples made by Johann Baptist Beha.

The hour is called on a gong mounted on the back board, the Angelus is called (6 am, 12 noon, 6 pm) on two bells mounted to the top of the movement. The angelus strike is a correct strike, long and repetitious, with a pause, then repeated.

As the angelus is called the monk in the open archway comes to life in a brilliant automata display, appearing as if he is responsible for the call. The monk is also exposed, meaning he is always visible and not hidden behind a door. Exposed cuckoo clocks, trumpeter clocks, and monk clocks are the most desirable.

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The case is also unusual, decorated in organic material to look like a rustic church. We have seen several of clocks with this case design, but they are all shelf clocks, and only simple “Bell ringers” without the exposed monk.

This is a museum quality piece for an advanced collector.

We specialize in the acquisition, restoration, and sale, of rare and unusual Black Forest clocks. Please contact me at if you are looking to buy, sell, or trade clocks like those found on our website.