Here is a piece we just got in yesterday. What a magnificent clock!
Nearly all of the cuckoo clocks made by Beha are smaller in size. The beta firm really didn’t produce the large heavily carved wall cuckoo clocks that many other makers did, instead they focused on high quality carvings, unique motifs, and innovative complications. This is a clock that has it all.
First off the clock is huge for a Beha, measuring in a a full meter in height. Its over 2 feet across the pediment. This is the perfect size for a cuckoo clock. Its small enough to be displayed in a hoe with 8 ft ceilings (unlike some of our 5′ carved minter cuckoos)… but its big enough to put a presence on a room. It would look amazing in a cabin, in a lodge, rustic home, or any antique clock collection.
The motif is also very unusual. There is a large full relief grouse on the pediment in a motif of pine branches and full relief pine cones. The pine motif carries down the case of the clock with more swags of pine, full relief pine cones with a large full relief squirrel at the base of the case. The silhouette that the clock has against the wall is equally impressive and unusual.
The dial is large and clean and retains its original numerals and bone hands, these hands are not modern recarved bone hands but the originals.
The clock also retains its original weights, which are an unusual shaped pinecone perfectly matching the six pine cones carved on the case. The pendulum is also original with a matching pine motif.
The clock also has a huge bird. We have taken a picture of a US quarter laid on the double doors to give you a perspective of the size of the doors on this clock. The cuckoo doors are also original.
The clock also has a robust solid brass plate movement that is stamped “BEHA” on the bottom of the plate. These solid brass plate movements were available through Beha for a substantial up charge over the cheaper wood plates that were the standard offerings.
Everything described so far would alone made this a fantastic clock, but this clock also has an exotic complication that further sets it apart as an investment quality piece.
The clock has a rare complication called a “cuckoo or quail”. The clock has three pipes and bellows, and a lever that extends from the movement to the base of the case. By pulling on this lever the call can be changed from a cuckoos call to the call of a quail.
Beha used the quail in three different variations, a traditional 1/4 hour quail where the quail called the 1/4’s and the cuckoo the full hour, this is the most traditional. He also offered a half hour quail… where the clock would call the cuckoo on the full hours and the quail on the 1/2 hours… the call would chafe automatically. Lastly he offered a cuckoo OR quail, where the clock could be set to call with either the call of the cuckoo or the quail on the full and 1/2 hours. The last (cuckoo OR quail) is the rarest variation and the variation this clock is equipped with. We have owned multiple examples of every variation, with the execution of the cuckoo OR quail, this being the first we have every had the opportunity to own.
This is a clock that is available for purchase. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. We can deliver this clock safely worldwide.