The cuckoo clock is traditionally made primarily in the Black Forest and is known worldwide. It is often a wall clock whose mechanical pendulum mechanism is equipped with a chain hoist and striking mechanism. Since the middle of the 19th century, the basic shape of the housing has mostly been modeled on a train attendant's house with a sloping roof and decorated with more or less elaborately carved wooden ornaments. The actual eponymous peculiarity of the cuckoo clock, however, is the striking mechanism. A mechanical cuckoo serves as an acoustic time signal, which is movably mounted in the housing behind a door-like flap above the dial and is usually swiveled out every hour on the hour. In addition, one or more cuckoo calls sound, on the hour depending on the number of hours (full hours are counted), usually together with a gong.The “cuckoo call” is traditionally generated by a pair of organ pipes of different heights inside the clock. However, some patents can only use one flute. Depending on the version, the mechanical cuckoo - traditionally carved and painted from wood, now often made of plastic - is moved to match the cuckoo call or opens its beak. In addition, other movable decorative elements that move (usually only on the hour) can be attached to the outside of the watch (dancers, other birds). Today, in addition to the traditional mechanical cuckoo clocks, electro-mechanical models are also offered with a quartz clockwork, electronically generated cuckoo call, and chain hoist and pendulum dummies.
February 20, 2020
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