History of the Cuckoo Clock Part 2

Towards the end of the 1700’s individuals around the black . Forest region were building cuckoo clocks during the long winter season. These . farmer clock makers were enhancing the styles of the clocks they were . structure. They were improving the inner workings of the clock and developing brand-new . designs and methods for wood sculpting.

This conventional style of clock was called a shield clock or .” Schilduhur” having a painted flat square wooden face. Behind the face is where . the clockworks were connected. Above the square wooden face was a semicircle of . painted wood which had a door for the cuckoo. These clockmakers sculpted and . painted this semicircle with the cuckoo in it. The paintings that were painted . on the clock were called ” Rosenuhren ” and the clock likewise had painted columns on . each side of the semicircle.

In time these clockmakers changed the wooden equipments to . metal clockworks which improved the precision of the cuckoo clock. There craftsmanship . in wood sculpting and painting improved. In the spring time these clockmakers . would take their clocks that they made over the winter season to town to show and .

sell them. By 1808 there were 688 clockmakers and 582 clock peddlers . around the towns of Triberg and Neustadt in the Black Forest region of Germany. . Historians state there were around 9013 inhabitants and 790 of these residents . were included in clock making.

By 1850 in Furtwangen Germany in the Black Forest area a . school was started for clock making. The Duke of Baden contributed some land and a . building and called the school the Grand Duchy of Baden Clockmakers School. The . trainees learned mathematics, clock illustrationFree Articles< img src="http://deallagoon.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/3bPNS8.gif" alt="Free Articles" border="0"/ >, as well as making cases and constructing .

clock works.

After the school was started they launched a competitors . where anybody could send styles for clock cases. A designer Friedrich . Eisenlohr sent a style of a clock looking like a railroad station house. . It had a pointed roofing system with a square shape. The front of the clock was decorated . with hand sculpted scenes of flowers and leaves and birds. Some of these clocks . had wildlife scenes with deer and rabbits and quail. At the top of the railroad . station house was a trap door where the cuckoo bird came out.

During the early 1850’s two various designs of cuckoo . clocks were being made. One was the framed clock or “Rosenuhren “. It was a . picture frame with a painted Black Forest scene on the wood background. The . cuckoo bird was set up in the upper section of the decorated surface area of the . clock. This style of clock was not produced long


The other style was the railway station clock or . “Bahnhausle” which was designed to appear like a railroad home that was built . along the railroad lines in Germany. . This design of clock ended up being the most popular style for the clock makers. .

In 1854 Johann Baptist Beha a well known clock maker offered 2 . clocks to a clock dealership with oil paintings on the front of the clock and with . the cuckoo mechanisms. He called these railroad station clocks “Bahnhofle . Uhren”. Another well known clock maker Theodor Ketterer sold the exact same design to . someone from Glasgow Scotland. All the clock makers by this time were designing . and building their cuckoo clocks to look like the railway station home with . the cuckoo systems. By the end of the 1850’s there was a boom in the Black . Forest area developing cuckoo clocks.

By 1860 the railroad station clock started to develop a different . design of style. The clockmakers started to do three dimensional wood carvings . on the fronts of their cuckoo clocks. In Furtwangen in 1861 they began . carving hunt designs. They sculpted animals and guns and powder bags and oak . leaves on the fronts. They called this design of clock “Jagstuk “.

In 1862 the clock makers started making the clock hands out . of bone instead of wood. The weights were designed to look like pine cones. . Some of the clock makers designed various weights rather than the pine cones. .

Over the next 150 years the railway station cuckoo clock or . “Bahnhausle” was the preferred style of the Black Forest clock. With its high . peaked roof and three dimensional sculpted front the trap door for the cuckoo to . come out and the pine cone weights.

Around the towns of Schonach and Titisee-Neustadt in the . Black Forest area of Germany there are several lots clock making companies . that produce the railway station cuckoo clock and offer them throughout the . world. When you think about a cuckoo clock you see the “Bahnhausle ” style clock . with its lovely designs and sounds. You see the animated figurines and hear .
different music tunes however finest of all you hear the call of the cuckoo bird.

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