Cuckoo Clocks

Cuckoo Clocks

  • One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD487-18
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    One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD487-18

    $1,019.00
    These hand-carved Black Forest one-day musical cuckoo clocks display many leaves, three birds, and a bird nest with chicks. At the top of every hour the dancers revolve, and it plays one of two different twenty-two note melodies, Edelweiss and the Happy...
    $1,019.00
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  • One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD483-14
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    One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD483-14

    River City

    $899.00
    These hand-carved German one-day musical cuckoo clocks display many leaves, three birds, and a bird nest with chicks. At the top of every hour the dancers revolve, and it plays one of two different twenty-two note melodies, Edelweiss and the Happy...
    $899.00
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  • One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD482-11
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    One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD482-11

    River City

    $859.00
    These decorative Black Forest one-day musical cuckoo clocks have many hand-painted flowers on its case and also features a hand-made tree and water pump. At the top of every hour the dancers revolve, and it plays one of two different twenty-two note...
    $859.00
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  • One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD462-14
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    One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD462-14

    River City

    $1,094.00
    These authentic German Black Forest one-day musical cuckoo clocks feature a moving waterwheel and a man sitting at a table who raises his beer stein. At the top of every hour and on the half hour you'll see the dancers dance and hear one of two different...
    $1,094.00
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  • One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD442-12P
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    One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD442-12P

    River City

    $1,089.00
    These chalet style one-day musical cuckoo clocks feature wooden hands, a wood dial with Roman numerals, and a warm light yellow hand-painted and hand-carved cuckoo bird. Features hand-painted flowers, a woodchopper that chops wood, and a moving...
    $1,089.00
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  • One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD434-13
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    One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD434-13

    River City

    $1,094.00
    These authentic Germand made one day musical cuckoo clocks feature a man sawing wood, a moving waterwheel, and a decorative bell tower at the peak of the roof. At the top of every hour and on the half hour you'll hear one of two different twenty-two note...
    $1,094.00
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  • One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD419-17
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    One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD419-17

    River City

    $959.00
    These German one-day musical 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 several hand-carved oak leaves, animals, crossed rifles, and a buck. The dancers...
    $959.00
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  • One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD415-16
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    One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD415-16

    River City

    $1,049.00
    These German one-day musical cuckoo clock features wooden hands, a wood dial with Roman numerals, and a warm light yellow hand-painted and hand-carved cuckoo bird. The case several hand-carved maple leaves and moving birds. On every hour and half-hour...
    $1,049.00
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  • One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD411-14P
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    One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD411-14P

    River City

    $819.00
    These traditionally styled German one-day musical cuckoo clocks feature wooden hands, a wood dial with Roman numerals, and a warm light yellow hand-painted and hand-carved cuckoo bird. Every hour and half-hour dancers revolve on the turntable before...
    $819.00
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  • One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD411-14
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    One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD411-14

    River City

    $798.00
    These traditionally styled German one-day musical cuckoo clocks feature wooden hands, a wood dial with Roman numerals, and a warm light yellow hand-painted and hand-carved cuckoo bird. Every hour and half-hour the dancers revolve around the turntable...
    $798.00
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  • One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD400-12P
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    One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock MD400-12P

    River City

    $1,069.00
    These detailed German one-day musical 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 hand-painted flowers and hand-carved figurines. The dancers...
    $1,069.00
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  • One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock M466-10

    One-Day Musical Cuckoo Clock M466-10

    River City

    $876.00
    These German one-day musical cuckoo clocks feature a man chopping a log and a moving waterwheel. The traditionally styled Black Forest cottage is has rocks on the roof and hand-made trees and a deer at the base of the case. On the top of every hour and...
    $876.00

 

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 one-day and eight-day cuckoo clocks we feature on our site and in our store are certified as original and authentic with the German VDS certifying body.  Indeed, we showcase the Hones and Engstler families becausse of their rich history in the Black Forest region of Germany.  Moreover, our service center also repairs all types of cuckoo clocks for the general public and we can provide continuing technical service support on many cuckoo clocks purchased from us.