Trumpeter Clocks of Emilian Wehrle

One of our favorite Black Forest clockmakers is without question Emilian Wehrle. Emilian Wehrle made some of the most fantastic musical clocks to come out of the Black Forest during the 19th century. Although he is most known for his trumpeter clocks, he also made flute clocks, singing bird clocks, rooster clocks, and cuckoo clocks. His clocks were made of the highest quality, and in very low numbers when compared to Black Forest clock production as a whole. The photograph above is a magnificent shelf trumpeter made by Emilian, we have also included a short video showing the basic mechanical workings of this clock, the end of the video allows you to hear the clock in action.

For those who are interested in learning more about Emilian Wehrle, we have co authored an article with Al Wehrle, a good friend and Emilian’s Great Grandson! This detailed 16 page article gives a detailed look into the early years of Emilian’s life, and the clocks he produced with an overview of how they work, as well as the history of his factory and his decedents down to the present day.

The article titled, “Emilian Wehrle, The Man and His Clocks”, is being published in the March/April 2012 edition of the NAWCC Bulletin.  For those of you who are already members of the NAWCC, you will be receiving this article with next months issue. If you are not a member of the NAWCC you may want to consider joining (

We are always looking to learn more about Emilian Wehrle and his clocks. If you have a clock you think may have been made by Wehrle please contact us. We are always interested in seeing other examples to further our research.

We also want to let you know our new book Rare and Unusual Black Forest Clocks is now available for preorder through our website.  If you have an interest in Black Forest horology this is a must have text for your library. We are currently offering free shipping anywhere in the USA with all preorders (as well as discounted international shipping). We encourage those who are interested to preorder the book and take part of this limited time offer. We are also happy to offer author signed copies to any order placed through our website. Additional information about the book, and the preorder offer, can be found at


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