Antique Cuckoo Clock Model 328 by Johann Baptist Beha Circa 1880

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We just acquired this fantastic antique cuckoo clock which was made by the famous Johann Baptist Beha in Eisenbach, Germany circa 1880.

The clock is a small but finely carved cuckoo clock with a wonderful fruit wood case. Cases carved in fruit wood by Beha are prized by collectors due to their light color, high polished finish, and rarity. Its one of the hardest of the woods to locate and gives a Black Forest clock collection some great variety in wood color/finish.

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The model is a 328 and seen in the Beha firms catalog. We have reproduced the full catalog from the Beha firm with the options/price lists in the appendix of our book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks, check out our book for more information.

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The model 328 is rare. This is the only example of a 328 that we have seen.

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The clock is very original. The clock retains its original finsh, bird, bellows and pipes, pendulum, chains, weights, etc. Just a great example of a Beha cuckoo.

We specialize in the acquisition and restoration of cuckoo clocks made by Johann Baptist Beha. If you are looking to add a Beha cuckoo to your collection please contact me at Justin@blackforestclocks.org

We are also always buying quality cuckoo clocks for our collection and for our clients worldwide.

Restoration of a Rare Cuckoo Clock by Johann Baptist Beha circa 1867

We specialize in the restoration of rare and unusual Black Forest clocks. This Beha cuckoo clock came to us from England earlier this year. The case was badly broken with losses to the caring. The bellows were in very poor condition, mechanically the movement was not complete and it had been years since the clock was in working condition.

We have just finished the restoration of the clock and want to share it with you here. If you have a special Black Forest clock that is in need of restoration, and you demand top quality work contact us at justin@blackforestclocks.org

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Here are a few more before and after shots of the clock and finally a video of it after the restoration:

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More AFTER:

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Antique Shelf Cuckoo Clock by Johann Georg Beha circa 1870 Hunter Motif

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Here is another fantastic shelf cuckoo clock. This cuckoo clock was made by Johann Georg Beha, a distant relative and apprentice of Johann Baptist Beha. Johann George Beha died at a very young age and very few of his clocks are known to have survived… making by Johann George Beha are very collectible.

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This piece is just fantastic. It is a shelf cuckoo clock with a hunters motif. While the hunters motif is very common in wall cuckoos, it is very uncommon to find this motif on a shelf clock. The case is carved from a solid block of walnut. The detail is fanatic, everything is done in full relief and the design is very a symmetrical… it is a carved masterpiece first and a cuckoo clock second. The door for the cuckoo pretty much disappears into the carving.

The bac of the carving is dished out to accept the wood plate 50 hour movement. The back door is hinged at the base and is secured to the case by two hooks.

This is just a magnificent example of an early carved cuckoo clock made circa 1870.

We specialize in locating rare and unusual Black Forest clocks for clients worldwide. If you are looking for a special piece for your home, cabin, or collection contact me at justin@blackforestclocks.org

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A Magnificent Documented Carved Shelf Cuckoo Clock

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Here is a beautiful cuckoo clock. This clock was made in the Black Forest region of Germany circa 1890. The clock has several unusual features which really sets this clock apart from others.

The first feature is this clock is carved from a solid block of wood. Where most cuckoo clocks are constructed with carvings applied to a wood box like frame, this piece is different. The case is a single piece carving that has been dished out from the rear to accept the brass plate movement. This case style is frequently seen in the swiss carved “Black Forest” clocks that have french movements, but it was not a design generally used by Black Forest makers… making this clock quite a rare piece.

The carving quality is just magnificent. The two large deep on the top of the clock are done in full relief. Excellent detail, and they retain their original wood carved antlers. The deer are large, the stinging stag is 13″ in heigh alone. The clock has a total height of 27″.

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This identical clock was photographed in the 1980’s and selected to be included in the 1991 book, Black Forest Clocks, by Rick Ortenburger. Today this clock is instantly recognizable by collectors worldwide because of this provenance.

We specialize in the sale and acquisition of rare and unusual Black Forest clocks. We are especially interested in acquiring high quality carved cuckoo clocks.

If you are looking to buy, sell, trade high quality Black Forest clocks please contact met at: Justin@blackforestclocks.org

Another Huge Black Forest Antique Cuckoo Clock For Sale

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Here is another fantastic piece we recently acquired. This cuckoo clock is large measuring one meter in height. The case is carved in walnut and features an unusual hunters motif.

Instead of the traditional stag on the pediment with crossed rifles this example has a large full relief eagle. There are no oak leaves on this clock instead you will find cattails, grasses, ivy and other water plants. No powder horn around the dial or game pouch at the base.

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The traditional hare seen down the left ind side of the case is a one piece carving including the powder horn the rope that is tied around his leg is fully cut through and wraps around the branch that extend out of the case above.

On the right side of the case is a water fowl. Excellent carving and a nice variation from the traditional pheasant.

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This large cuckoo clock would be perfect for a cabin lodge or restaurant. It is large enough it put a presence on the room, but still small enough to look proportional in a house with 8 foot ceilings.

We specialize in the acquisition, restoration, and sale of high quality antique cuckoo clocks (and other antique Black Forest Clocks). Our specially is antique pieces in 3 foot, 4 foot, and 5 foot sizes.

If you are looking to buy or sale an antique cuckoo clock please contact me at justin@blackforestclocks.org

A Magnificent Heavily Carved Black Forest 8 Day Shelf Cuckoo Clock Circa 1890

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Here is a magnificent shelf cuckoo clock. The clock is large. It measures in at 29″ tall and 21″ wide across the case.

The carving detail and motif is excellent. The clock features 3 full relief ibex. One is standing on the top of the clock, the other on a rocky ledge above the chateau, the third is standing on the forest floor in the trees. All the ibexes are carved in full relief.

At the bottom of the forest in a clearing is a Chateau. The details include all the windows, stairs, porch, and thatched roof.

The movement is a large robust movement that uses a single fusee on the strike train. The clock has an 8 day running duration per winding.

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This large shelf cuckoo would be perfect for a cabin, lodge or large home. Because of its size it can be displayed and put a presence on any size room.

We specialize in the acquisition sale and restoration of rare and unusual Black Forest clocks for our own collection and for our clients worldwide.

If you are interested in buying selling or trading high quality antique cuckoo clocks contact me at justin@blackforestclocks.org

Rare Black Forest Miniature Automata Picture Clock Jockele Augenwender

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This is a magnificent early Black Forest miniature. Based on the measurements of the movement the clock is classified as a Jockele.

The clock has a primitive painting of a woman on zinc. As the pendulum swings her eyes move left to right. This complication is known as an eye turner in English or an Augenwender in German.

The clock has a beautiful frame constructed out of embossed brass.

The tiny enamel dial is only 2.25″ the dal has its original thick iron hands.

The clock was made in the Black Forest region of Germany circa 1850.

This identical clock has been documented in two major publications. The first is the 1991 book Black Forest Clocks by Rick Ortenburger. Most recently is has been featured in the text Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks.

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

Highest prices are paid for choice pieces.

email me at justin@blackforestclocks.org

Another Magnificent 8 day shelf Emilian Wehrle Black Forest Trumpeter Clock Located

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We specialize in the acquisition, restoration, and sale of Musical clocks made by Emilian Wehrle. These include trumpeter clocks, flute clocks, rooster clocks, and singing bird clocks.

This is a magnificent example of Emilians Work from the late 19th century. The neoclassical case is 49″ high and the details are almost endless. The clock uses a large robust brass plate movement to give the clock time, strike, and musical complications. On the hour or on demand the clock will play one of 4 complex musical tunes on 8 horns, yes you heard correctly, 4 tunes. The clock has two pinned music wheels each pinned with two tunes.

This clock was just located in the upper peninsula of Michigan. It was ordered new from Emilian Wehrle in the late 1800’s and has been on display in the family jewelry store ever since. With the clock comes decades of provenance of their ownership.

If you have a musical clock made by Emilian Wehrle or if you are looking to add an example to your collection contact me at justin@blackforestclocks.org

We have taken a short video showing two of the tunes the clock plays.

enjoy!

Antique Black Forest Two Horn Spring Powered Trumpeter Clock circa 1890

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We just finished the restoration of this trumpeter clock and wanted to share it here. This is a two horn trumpeter clock that is frequently referred to as a “blower” or German Bugler”. On the full and half hours the double doors open to reveal a trumpeter figure. The clock then calls the hour with a simple two not charge, followed by a strike to the gong. At 12:00 you get 24 notes and 12 strikes.

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The clock is a very nice two tone Bahnhäusle case. The movement is a traditional cast brass plate movement, the plates are secured with pins. The clock does not have weights but is powered by springs, a fester much more common in the shelf varieties.

We have taken a short 2 minute video so you can see and hear the clock in action.

We specialize in the restoration and sale of Trumpeter clocks. If you are looking to add an example to your collection contact me at justin@blackforestclocks.org

We are also always buying these clocks in any condition.

 

A Very Rare Black Forest King Drinker Automata Clock Located,King Gambrinus

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We just acquired this Black Forest gem. These figural shelf automata clocks are some of the most collectible of all the clocks made in the Black Forest during the 19th century. There are several variations including the dumpling eater, magician, monkey shaver, Rat Eater, and King Drinker. These clocks all have large figures on the top of the case. On the hour or on demand these figures come to life with a wonderful automata display.

One of the most complex of these figural automatons is the king drinker. The figure depicts King Gambrinus, the patron saint of Beer. On the hour, or on demand by pulling the cord he comes to life.

He has automata to his mouth, eyes, The arm holding the large beer is double jointed in the shoulder and wrist, and the arm holding the chalice that is raised to his mouth.

The king pours himself a drink from the bottle to the chalice, then raises the refreshment to his mouth. His mouth opens as his eyes drop to look at the cup. This is repeated over an over again each hour.

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The clock has a robust solid brass plate movement, which gives the clock an 8 day running duration. The movement can be wound through the dial or also through the back of the case. The winding from that back allowed the clock to be placed in the window of a store to be used as a do spay to draw in business.

The clock was made by Winterhalder and Hofmeier, W&H made very high quality clocks and had a great relationship with the famous Beha cuckoo clock making family. Johann Baptist Beha was known to purchase these automata clocks and sell them to his customers.

This particular piece is a very fine example of a king drinker, and would be a show piece in any advanced Black Forest clock or automata collection.

This actual clocks was sold through Sotheby’s in London in 1953. With the clock we have an original photograph and description taken from that sale and a hand written note from the purchaser. The clock was imported into the USA shortly after this purchase and we acquired it from the owner. Great provenance!

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We specialize in locating rare and unusual Black Forest clocks for collectors worldwide. If you are interested in adding that museum clock to your collection contact me at Justin@blackforestclocks.org

We are also always purchasing clocks like these shown on our website for our own collection and for our clients worldwide.

Rare Black Forest Trumpeter Clock by Lamy & Sons Furtwangen

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Here is a rare Black Forest trumpeter clock that was made in the Black Forest region of Germany circa 1880.

While trumpeter clocks have traditionally been divided into two main categories: The large complex trumpeter clocks made by Emialin Wehrle and Jacob Bäuerle. The second group, the simpler trumpeter clocks that use cuckoo style technology, which were made by everyone else. This one is in a class of its own… an odd and rare bird.

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The Lamy trumpeter uses complex movement. It is designed to have a single train provide both the strike and musical complications, and unlike a blower it does produce a short but complex musical tune. The clock uses a large wind chest that holds four musical reeds, very similar to a Wehrle. There is a pinned cam wheel located inside this sealed air chest that controls the air flow to the individual reeds, and the musical tune or charge.

This design is unique as far as we can tell to the Lammy firm. They appear to be the only maker to use this design, and these clocks are rare with only a couple surviving examples known world wide. Compare this to the thousands of “Blowers”, hundreds of Wehrle’s, and dozens of Bäuerle examples known to have survived.

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This is a clock that we owned years ago and sold. In a recent transaction we had the opportunity to acquire the clock back in a trade and we jumped at the chance. So here it is once again in our inventory.

The clock movement has just undergone a full overhaul. It was disassembled, cleaned, polished, and reassembled, oiled, and regulated. It shines like the day it left the Lamy & Sons workshop in the late 19th Century.

The case is large, measuring nearly 30″ in height and made from walnut. The design is a variation of the famous Bahnhäusle form, with some carved and gothic elements. The numerals and hands are original and made from brass. They have recently been polished and set the clock off nicely.

We specialize in the acquisition, restoration, and sale of Black Forest trumpeter clocks of all types and manufacture. If you are looking to buy, sell, or trade a trumpeter clock contact me at: Justin@blackforestclocks.org

Our book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks, gives the most comprehensive look at Black Forest trumpeter clocks in any language. It also provides a comprehensive look at Emilian Wehrle and his musical clocks.

 

 

 

 

Rare Cuckoo Clock by Johann Baptist Beha Tinplate Augenwender with Exposed Bird

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This is a rare Beha cuckoo clock we recently acquired at auction. The clock has several exotic complications including an exposed bird, a painting on zinc (tin plate), and eye automata (augenwender). Its very rare to have all these complications in a single clock. In fact there are only 4 known surviving examples of similar clocks worldwide.

We specialize in buying, selling, restoring, and trading cuckoo clocks made by Johann Baptist Beha. Contact me at justin@blackforestclocks.org

A Pair of Magnificent Trumpeter Clocks made by Emilian Wehrle circa 1880

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We specialize in musical clocks made by Emilian Wehrle in Furtwangen, Germany. These include trumpeter clocks, flute clocks, Singing bird clocks, and rooster clocks.

We are always buying these clocks in any condition. Absolute top dollar paid.

Here is a pair of fantastic trumpeter clocks. The cases are nearly identical, mirror images of each other. The clock on the right is an 8 horn example, the clock on the left is a 7 horn. Both have the large three train 8 day movements.

Contact me at justin@blackforestclocks.org to buy sell or trade trumpeter clocks.

Our book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks, is the most comprehensive overview of Emilian Wehrle and his musical clocks available in any language.

A Pair of Musical Black Forest Clocks made by Emilian Wehrle Flute Clock and Trumpeter Clock

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Here is a pair of magnificent 8 day musical clocks made by Emilian Wehrle in Furtwangen Germany circa 1890. Both examples are found in the model 28 case.

The example on the right is a flute clock. The clock produces two complex musical tunes on 8 wood pipes. As the music plays a flute playing figure is seen behind the large double doors in the base of the case. This clock movement is a robust brass plate movement powered by springs, giving the clock a running duration of 8 days.

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The example on the left is a trumpeter clock. This clock produces a complex trumpeters call on 4 zinc horns. As the music plays a trumpeter playing figure is seen behind the large double doors in the base of the case. This movement is identical to the example in the flute clock, robust brass plate movement that has an 8 day duration.

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We specialize in locating musical clocks made by Emilian Wehrle for collectors worldwide. We are also always buying trumpeter, flute, sining bird, and rooster clocks made by Emilain Wehrle… in any condition.

Contact me at justin@blackforestclocks.org

Magnificent Carved 8-day Shelf Emilian Wehrle Trumpeter Clock Circa 1880

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Here is a Black Forest masterpiece. We specialize in locating rare and unusual Black Forest clocks for collectors world wide. This clock was just located…

A. exquisitely carved Wehrle trumpeter clock, made in Furtwangen Germany circa 1880.

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The clock has a case that is 43″ high and 30″ wide. The carvings are absolutely fantastic. The large full reef eagle on the top of the clock is in mid flight, ready to swoop down to the florets floor to capture a meal. The case is further decorated with oak leaves, acorns, ferns, cattails. grasses, ivy, stones, and other elements. Everything is in full relief.

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The dial is equally exquisite the four corners decorated with oak leaves and acorns. The numerals are carved from bone. The hands also carved from bone are original, and not modern recarved hands.

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The side doors are also fantastic, with oak leaves and acorns wrapping to create a door to let the music escape.

At the top of the hour or on demand the double doors open revealing a double trumpeter figure where the clock produces a complex tune on 7 horns.

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The movement in the clock is the largest the Emilian Wehrle offered. A solid brass plate three train movement that gives a 8 day running duration with time, strike, and musical complications.

While all Wehrle trumpeter clocks are rare and collectible, examples of this caliber are extremely difficult to find. While examining the original Wehrle factory records that have survived its easy to see why… They were extremely expensive…. originally costing nearly 3X what a 30 hour wall example would been priced at new.

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Today when looking at the Black Forest clock collections you find many collectors that have nicely carved 30 hour wall examples, often multiple examples, but very few collectors have the large 8 day heavily carved shelf clocks.

We specialize in locating these impossible to find clocks for collectors worldwide. If your interested in adding that pinnacle piece to your collection lets talk.

I can be reached at justin@blackforestclocks.org

 

Rare Beha Cuckoo Clock with Half-hour Quail Complication Circa 1900

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Here is a special Beha cuckoo clock. This clock is known as a half-hour quail. The cuckoo will call the full hours, and the quail will call the half hours. A mechanism with a cam on the front plate of the movement automatically switches the call.

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Most cuckoo clocks with a quail call are quarter-hour quail clocks, where the quail calls the quarter-hours and the cuckoo the full hours. These clocks have two separate birds and use three trains to accomplish the task.

The half-hour quail clock has three bellows, but only uses two trains, and shares the same bird.

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We specialize in locating rare and unusual Black Forest clocks for collectors worldwide, including clocks made by Johann Baptist Beha of Eisenbach.

contact me at justin@blackforestclocks.org

Black Forest Bahnhäusle Two Horn Trumpeter Clock Circa 1900

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Here is a wonderful antique Black Forest two horn trumpeter clock we are restoring. The clock has a very nice traditional Bahnhäusle case with a two tine finish. The case is constructed out of linden wood with walnut trim and veneers.

On the hour the large double doors open exposing a trumpeter figure. The clock will call the full and half hours on two horns with a strike to the gong.

The movement is a high quality brass plate movement which is powered by springs.

We will update the site after the restoration work has been finished in about 6 weeks.

We specialize in locating rare and unusual Black Forest clocks for collectors worldwide. If you are looking to build a Black Forest clock collection, or just want that perfect piece for your cabin, restaurant, Lodge, or home, we can help.

We are also always looking to buy Black Forest clocks in any condition.

Contact me at: Justin@blackforestclocks.org

Huge Carved Emilian Wehrle Trumpeter Clock Circa 1880 with Eagle

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Here is a fantastic clock. This musical Black Forest clock was made by Emilian Wehrle in Furtwangen Germany, circa 1880. Exquisite carvings decorate the case. The case is over 40″ in total height, not including the weights, chains, or pendulum.

The case has a lovely motif of grape leaves and vines with a huge full relief eagle on the upper pediment. The bottom of the case has a trellis that continues with the motif found on the case.

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The clock is super clean and displays nicely. We just got it back together this morning. Cash gone over with our carver and finisher. Movement has been fully overhauled. Pneumatics all gone through with new bellows, gaskets and valves.

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We have taken a video for your viewing pleasure…

We specialize in locating rare and unusual Black Forest clocks. If you are looking to add that museum quality clock to your collection contact me at justin@blackforestclocks.org

I am always buying Black Forest clocks single clocks to whole collections.

Beha Cuckoo Clock on Matching Bracket Model 509

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Here is a absolutely magnificent cuckoo clock made by Johann Baptist Beha circa 1880. The clock is a model number 509. The carvings on this clock are exquisite.

The movement is a traditional wood plate 50 hour movement.

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What really makes this clock special is it has a FACTORY matching bracket. Very few Beha cuckoo clocks left the factory with a matching bracket and even fewer of then survived.

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This is an excellent example of a rare Beha.

We specialize in locating rare and unusual Black Forest clocks for clients worldwide.

If you are looking to buy or sell a quality Black Forest clock please contact me at justin@blackforestclocks.org

An Oak Gothic Antique Table Cuckoo Clock Circa 1880

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Here is a fantastic cuckoo clock. The clock has a magnificent oak case with extensive gothic details. Very elaborate from all angles. This is one of my favorite models.

This example has a roust brass plate double fusee movement giving the clock a running duration of 8 days.

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This example was made by the firm FURDERER JAEGLER & Cie, the movement has all the attributes of FJ, and the traditional stamp for the firm can be seen cleaning on the backboard.

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To learn more about the firm our book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks has a detailed overview of the firm and the clocks that they made.

We specialize in locating rare and unusual Black Forest clocks for collectors worldwide.

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