Rare Musical Black Forest Clock Hunting Motif with Hounds circa 1890

     This new acquisition just arrived today from Europe. This is a beautiful and rare musical Black Forest clock.

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.

Contact me for more information at: Justin@blackforestclocks.org  


Rare Black Forest Miniature Sorg Clock Sorguhr Sorguhren


Over the years we have bought and sold dozens of rare Black Forest Sorg clocks, known as Sorguhrs… But this example is a clock that we have always held onto for our personal collection because it is so unusual. 

We have now decided to let this example go. If you are looking to add a rare Sorg clock to your collection, and demand a museum quality example… this is a unique opportunity. We will cover the details on why this example is so special below. 

First the size. This clock is tiny, noticeably smaller then a traditional Sorg. We have taken photos of this clock side by side to a normal Sorg to show the difference in the size. It is one of the smallest we have seen.

Second the movement has a very unusual alarm complication. The clock uses a third hand to set the alarm, a complex cam system releases the alarm at the appropriate time. While the tradition design of the alarm mechanism was much more simple to make, the clockmaker who made this clock wanted to showcase his skills with this complex design incorporated into such a small space. Mechanically it’s beautiful. 


The shields on traditional Sorg clocks are made from a thin embossed piece of brass over an enamel dial. This one is different. The shield and dial is thick brass that has been hand engraved with a floral motif. Two other almost identical shield designs that are both signed by Joseph Sorg himself can be found in museums. Our clock is the third example known utilizing this style of shield design. 

The British Museum, in London England has an example that is almost a matched pair. In fact the construction of these two clocks is almost identical including the unusual iron “stollen” that support the movement from the wall. This clock can also be seen in the book, In Die Neue Zeit, on page 8. 
This particular example we have in our collection is the only example we are aware of with an alarm complication of this design. More details on this clock can be found in the book, Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks.
If you are interested in adding this clock to your collection please contact me at: justin@blackforestclocks.org 

Huge Antique Cuckoo Clocks Bought Sold Traded


We specialize in rare and unusual Black Forest clocks. Our primary focus are on the monumental heavily carved cuckoo clocks made during the late 19th century. 

These huge carved pieces were made for customers with large stately homes, looking for an impressive “show piece” that would put a presence on a room.

Fast forward 100 plus years and these big carved antique pieces can still be located today… And we have the contacts to find you the perfect clock.

We speicilize  in the acquisition, restoration, and sale of these 3 foot, 4 foot, 5 foot, and larger clocks.

We are attaching photos of examples that we have acquired recently. If you are looking to add a clock like this to your cabin, restaurant, or home…contact me at justin@blackforestclocks.org 
Worldwide delivery is available. 

We are also always interested in purchasing big cuckoo clocks in any condition. Contact me of you have a clock you are looking to sale. 



A Magnificent Rococo Table Cuckoo Clock by Johann Baptist Beha, Circa 1870 Model 583

Beha 583 Front

This clock just arrived today and it is available to purchase.

This is a magnificent table cuckoo clock made by the famous cuckoo clockmaker Johann Baptist Beha, in Eisenbach Germany. This is a model 583, in a spectacular Rococo case. This is a really hard to find model.

Beha 583 catalog

The back board is numbered 583 and we have loaded the original image in our catalog. This is only the second example of this model that we have ever owned, the last was over 10 years ago.

Beha 583 Base

The clock is 24″ high and 15″ across the base. Beautiful carved details on all 3 sides.

The clock has its original bone carved hands, this are not modern re carved replacements but true originals. Original cuckoo bird and pendulum is also present.

The clock has a robust wood plate movement that has double fusses… giving the clock a 8 day running duration.

Beha 583 back full

The clock is currently running, calling, and keeping good time.. and it is ready to enjoy. We will upload a video of the clock in action shortly so you can hear it realistic cuckoo call and deep gong.

Beha 583 back

We are always interested in purchasing antique cuckoo clocks in any condition. If you have a old cuckoo clock you are looking to sell please contact me at justin@blackforestclocks.org

Monster 5 foot Antique Hunter Cuckoo Clock with Rare 8 day Key wind Movement, circa 1880

Here is a magnificent antique Hunter cuckoo clock. This monster 5 foot example measures 53″ in height and over 30″ wide. All the carvings are done in walnut, a hardwood. No Linden or soft woods were used on this clock. The case is very heavy compared to the 5’hunters carved in linden… And the finish is beautiful with the grain of the wood showing with a warm glow. High polish finish. 

The carving quality is exquisite. We have sold dozens of these antique monster cuckoo clocks , but very rarely do we get early examples like this… Definitely 19th century. Look at the detail on the pheasant, hare, and stag… All the animals are lifelike. This clock was carved by a master.

Probably most importantly this clock is fantastic as it is a 8 day key wind example. Almost all these antique large cuckoos have 30 hour weight driven movements… So they have to be wound daily, and care has to be taken where they are hung to allow for the weights and chains to decend. 

This example is different. It has a massive brass plate movement… At least two times the size of a standard antique quality 30 hour movement. It uses two large springs to power the clock for 8 days. Wind it once a week and forget about it. This was a very expensive feature when the clock was sold new. Because there are no weights or chains this clock can be displayed in many different spaces… Ex above a fireplace mantle. 

The movement is signed by Alexander Fleig a well known listed maker of high quality cuckoo clocks.

The clock has beautiful hands carved from bone and its original oversized plump wood cuckoo bird. This is an excellent example.

This clock is available to add to your cabin, restaurant, lodge, or home. Contact me at: Justin@blackforestclocks.org 

Worldwide delivery and flexible lay-a-way available.


Large 3 Ft Antique Musical Cuckoo Clock, circa 1890-1900

We just finished the restoration on this large 3 foot musical Black Forest cuckoo clock. 

This is a wonderful example with a romantic motif… Meaning all the animals in the motif are alive. These large cuckoos with romantic motifs are very desirable with collectors today. 

The pediment has a full relief eagle, it’s wings spread, looking down at the forest floor. The pediment is further decorated with oak leaves which continues down to the lower case. 

Below the dial is a full relief running stag, tired with his toung out… He is being pursued by a hound who looks equally tired. Both animals are done in full relief really look great on the front of this large cuckoo. 

The clock also has nine hands, a plump wood carved cuckoo bird and a wood carved figure of a seated man playing a zither that appears as the music plays.

The movement was just fully serviced and is ready for years of enjoyment. We specialize in these large carved cuckoo clocks. If you are looking to add a 3 foot, 4 foot, or 5 foot example to your cabin, restaurant, home, or collection contact me. 


Magnificent Musical Gothic Trumpeter Clock made by Emilian Wehrle, Circa 1875, Monster 5 Foot Case



We are excited to share our newest acquisition with you here. This magnificent trumpeter clock was made by Emilian Wehrle in Furtwangen Germany, circa 1875. This clock has everything a collector looks for today when trying to locate the perfect Wehrle trumpeter clock for their collection.

First is size… this clock is huge. We have taken a photo standing next to this monster clock to give you a perspective of the size of this massive piece. The case is over 5 feet in height and weighs just a touch under 100 pounds. This is one of the largest of the Wehrle trumpeter clocks ever made.

Style…. A good Gothic case is one of the most desirable of the case styles to todays collectors. This Gothic is just beautiful. It is covered in the smallest details from top to bottom and side to side. The time it took the case maker to built this case out of oak in the late 1870’s is something to be appreciated and admired. This type of craftsmanship has sadly been lost.

Condition… look at the condition of this huge delicate clock. It has always been a treasure and respected as such. We completed a full restoration of the case to make it perfect, but it has always maintained its integrity.

Movement… the movement in this example is a robust, solid brass plate, three train movement. This is the largest movement Wehrle offered and was reserved fro his met expensive offerings. It was usually reserved for the clocks designed to sit on a table or a bracket (shelf cases), but it can also be found in his equally expensive when new wall cases. The movement provides time, hour strike, and musical complications. The music plays on the hour flowing the strike to the gong, or on demand. The musical tune is played on 7 horns as the large double trumpeter figures appear on the balcony.

We specialize in the clocks made by Emilian Wehrle. If you are looking to buy sell or trade trumpeter clocks made by Wehrle… or are looking to get information on your clock please contact me.

We love hearing from people who share our passion for these clocks.


Monster Antique Musical Black Forest Cuckoo Clock circa 1890-1910

Here is a magnificent Black Forest musical cuckoo clock. This clock was carved in the Black Forest circa 1890-1910. Carvings are absolutely exquisite. All the carvings are done in walnut (hardwood)… There are no softwoods used on this clock. The motif is rare with the large grouse on the pediment. The hound is attacking the stamp head on. No dead animals makes this a romantic motif.

This one it all… pines, ferns, trees, ivy, mushrooms, layers and layers of carving.  Imagine the time it took for the carver to make this magnificent clock over 100 years ago. 

The clock measures over 5 feet in height, and 3 feet wide. The carvings extend out with a depth of 16″. It’s impossible to capture the size and quality of this piece in a photograph. 

After the cuckoo calls a large music box is activated filling the room with music. 

We specialize in the acquisition, restoration, and sale of large Black Forest antique cuckoo clocks. If you are looking to acquire a magnificent Black Forest clock for your cabin, restaurant, lodge, home, or collection we can help.

Worldwide delivery and flexible financing available. 

Contact me at justin@blackforestclocks.org 

Huge 5 Foot Antique Black Forest Heavily Carved Cuckoo Clock 

This piece just arrived today. We don’t get these huge antique Hunter cuckoos often. This piece is an absolute monster. It measures   About 59   Inches in hight and 31inches wide. These measurements do not include the chains, weights or pendulum… This is all clock.

Imagine this monster cuckoo hanging in your cabin, lodge, or home. This piece is large enough to put a presence on a room of any size. If you have a great space a normal or even large cuckoo won’t cut it. These antique monsters are the perfect statement piece.

The pediment is adorned with a large stag mount. The crossed rifles are slung over his head with further decorations of oak leaves. Look at the detail on the stag, his antlers, and the two rifles. 

Further down the case is a traditional hunting motif with the life size pheasant and hare. They are strung up and tied to the left and right of the dial. The dial itself is huge, and is decorated with large hand carved bone hands. Exquisite details. The dial is circled by the hunting horn. 

The bottom of the case has the hunters bag, tassel and two small game birds also strung up after the hunt. 

The pendulum is an oak leaf in a circular design, is original and matches the clock. The weights are original cast iron pine cones. The cuckoo bird is plump and carved from wood retaining his original paint. He appears on the full and half hours behind a large carved door. 

The case of the clock and finish have been fully restored and the clock is absolutely beautiful. The movement just serviced and it’s running strong and ready for years of enjoyment. 

Imagine the time and skill it took the carver to carve this magnificent clock. Especially considering the lack of modern tools or equipment in the early 1900’s. It is the romance and stories behind each clock that interests collectors today. 

We specialize in antique rare and unusual Black Forest clocks. If you are looking for that museum quality clock contact me at justin@blackforestclocks.org 

Long term flexible interest free layaway avalible. We can work with any budget to make owning one of our clocks a reality.

Huge Antique Heavily Carved Black Forest Table Cuckoo Clock circa 1900

Here is a very large table cuckoo clock we just got in. The case is massive! It measures about 32″ high, 22″ wide, and 12″ deep. The carvings are all done in walnut and in full relief.

The whole front of the case is a massing one piece carving with two ibexes and a bucket. The large ibex on the top of the case is teathered to a post. It’s large horns are original as is the bucket below on the case. The caring salsa extend all the way around the case making this clock stunning from any angle. 

The clock has a high quality key wind movement, bone hands, and a plump wood cuckoo bird that sits on a wood base. This clock has its original finish and is untouched l. 

We just applied a coat of fine wax and polished it out. Beautiful finish and sheen. 

We have located this clock in a early Anton Schneider catalog from about 1900. This antique clock is from this well known Triburg maker that is still in business making clocks in a small workshop today. 

If you are interested in buying selling or trading rare or unusual Black Forest clocks please contact me. Justin@blackforestclocks.org 

We offer flexible interest free layaway plans to work with any budget. Let us help you add that perfect investment grade Black Forest  clock to your collection, cabin, or home.