Cuckoo Clocks

Cuckoo Clocks

  • One-Day Cuckoo Clock 38-06
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    One-Day Cuckoo Clock 38-06

    River City

    $429.00
    These German one-day cuckoo clocks display a tree, mushroom, and waterpump at the base of the case. Cuckoo bird calls out the half-hour and counts the hours. The 30 hour all brass mechanical Regula movement is produced in the Black Forest of Germany...
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  • One-Day Cuckoo Clock 36-12 wood chopper
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    One-Day Cuckoo Clock 36-12

    River City

    $569.00
    These German one-day cuckoo clocks showcase a man that chops wood, several hand-carved trees, and a feeding deer. On the top of every hour the cuckoo clock cuckoos while the man chops a log with his axe. The half hour is announced with one cuckoo call...
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  • One-Day Cuckoo Clock 34-10 with man sawing wood
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    One-Day Cuckoo Clock 34-10

    River City

    $569.00
    These authentic German one-day cuckoo clocks display a man sawing wood. The case is decorated with a hand-carved tree, foliage, and a wood pile. Cuckoo bird calls out the half-hour and counts the hours. The 30 hour all brass mechanical Regula movement is...
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  • One-Day Cuckoo Clock 33-16
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    One-Day Cuckoo Clock 33-16

    River City

    $569.00
    These finely carved German one-day cuckoo clocks have seven maple leaves and three birds. Two cast iron pine cone weights are suspended beneath the clock case by two separate brass chains. The hand-made pendulum continously swings back and forth...
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  • One-Day Cuckoo Clock 32-09
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    One-Day Cuckoo Clock 32-09

    River City

    $469.00
    These German one-day cuckoo clocks feature a deer feeding in front of a beautiful cottage. On the top of every hour the cuckoo clock cuckoos. The half hour is announced with one cuckoo call. There is also a manual night shut off switch that allows you to...
    $469.00
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  • One-Day Cuckoo Clock 28-10 with Bear
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    One-Day Cuckoo Clock 28-10

    River City

    $579.00
    These hand-carved Black Forest one-day cuckoo clocks displays two bears . Cuckoo bird calls out the half-hour and counts the hours. The 30 hour all brass mechanical Regula movement is produced in the Black Forest of Germany. Model: 28-10 Distributor:...
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  • One-Day Cuckoo Clock 27-14
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    One-Day Cuckoo Clock 27-14

    River City

    $499.00
    These hand-carved German one-day cuckoo clocks feature intricately carved leaves and vines. It has wooden hands, a wood dial with Roman numerals, and a warm light yellow hand-painted and hand-carved cuckoo bird. Cuckoo bird calls out the half-hour and...
    $499.00
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  • One-Day Cuckoo Clock 22-09P
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    One-Day Cuckoo Clock 22-09P

    River City

    $479.00
    These one-day chalet style German cuckoo clocks feature wooden hands, a wood dial with Roman numerals, and a warm light yellow hand-painted and hand-carved cuckoo bird. The case features a chimney sweeper sitting at on top of the chimney with a...
    $479.00
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  • One-Day Cuckoo Clock 20-13
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    One-Day Cuckoo Clock 20-13

    River City

    $529.00
    These German one-day cuckoo clocks feature a man in traditional German attire drinking a beer outdoors. He's surrounded by hand-carved trees and a few canine drinking buddies. The cottage has two windows with wooden shutters and a decorative bell tower...
    $529.00
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  • One-Day Cuckoo Clock 19-16
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    One-Day Cuckoo Clock 19-16

    River City

    $589.00
    These hunters style German cuckoo clocks feature wooden hands, a wood dial with Roman numerals, and a warm light yellow hand-painted and hand-carved cuckoo bird. The case is surrounded by many carved oak leaves with a hand-carved deer head with antlers...
    $589.00
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  • One-Day Cuckoo Clock 16-11
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    One-Day Cuckoo Clock 16-11

    River City

    $589.00
    These Black Forest one-day cuckoo clocks feature a fisherman fishing by a small pond with hand-carved trees and a dog surrounding the fisherman. The shingled roof and attention to detail make this a magnificent addition to any home or lodge. On every...
    $589.00
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  • One-Day Cuckoo Clock 15-13W
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    One-Day Cuckoo Clock 15-13W

    River City

    $599.00
    These beautiful German one-day cuckoo clocks feature wooden hands, a wood dial with Roman numerals, and a warm light yellow hand-painted and hand-carved cuckoo bird. The white case is surrounded by four deeply carved painted maple leaves with a single...
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Cuckoo clocks are heirloom timepieces just like any other mechanical clock and with our technical service support a cuckoo clock purchase from us is sure to become a family favorite. These clocks run by the gravitational pull of weights that hang on long chains. The two types of mechanical cuckoo clocks that run in such a manner are the one-day and eight-day models. For one-day cuckoo clocks, the gravitational pull of the weights will generally last for up to one day, at which time the weights will need to be wound up again by manually pulling on the chain that corresponds to each weight to the clock. For eight-day cuckoo clocks, the gravitational pull of heavier weights will generally power the clock for up to seven days. Although their referred to as an "eight-day clock," they generally still need to be wound every seven days. The chains that cuckoo clock weights hang from are generally around six feet long but can vary by a few inches from one model to the next.

 

Cuckoo clocks need to be wound either once a day or once a week. However, if the cuckoo clock is hung on the wall less than six feet high, the weights might hit the floor and will therefore cause the clock to be wound more often in the day or week. In fact, there is an interesting story about Thomas Jefferson cutting holes in the floor of his home so that the weights would not hit the floor and would allow his weight-driven clock to run longer. Yet it will not hurt the cuckoo clock if it is wound more frequently than it needs to be. Nor does it matter in what order the weights are pulled up. However, it is a good practice to use one hand to hold the cuckoo clock on the wall as the weights are being pulled up so that the clock does not fall off the wall. It is also a good practice to place a small marking on the wall where the case is after the clock has been running properly for a while, perhaps with a pencil, so that it can be easily determined if the clock moved on the wall after a winding. Indeed, it is important that the cuckoo clock be straight and level on the wall or else it may not run properly. This is what is know as "being in beat." The clock should have an even "tick-toc" sound.

 

Cuckoo clocks with mechanical movements will generally have either two or three weights. Two weights mean the cuckoo clock will strike the half-hours on a coil gong at the same time the cuckoo bird "calls out" the half-hours. If a cuckoo clock has three weights then it will also play a melody on the hour and, in some cases, the half-hours as well. The melodies most often played in cuckoo clocks are Happy Wanderer and Edelweiss, which are usually rotated. Some select cuckoo clocks, however, will play another traditional German melody.

 

The mechanical cuckoo clocks we feature on our site and in our store are certified as original and authentic with the VDS certifying body.  We showcase the Hones and Engstler families becausse of their rich history in the Black Forest.  Our service center can repair all types of cuckoo clocks for the general public and can provide continuing technical service support for our customers.