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Cuckoo Clock Movements:
1 Day or 8 Day Movement - Cuckoo clock movements can be 1 day movements, which require the weights to be raised once a day, or 8 day movements which only need to be raised once a week.
Musical - Some Cuckoo Clock movements play music after the cuckoo 'coos' the hour count. The pieces played vary from clock to clock, but the more common tunes include "The Happy Wanderer", and "Edelweiss". Both tracks can be heard in this video of a cuckoo clock chime. Some themed clocks include music which matches their theme, for example clocks with animated beer drinkers play traditional German drinking songs and clocks with woodchoppers often include traditional German forest songs.
Quartz - Quartz clocks require no periodic raising of weights. Quartz clocks can also feature music and other animation.
Cuckoo Clock Styles:
Chalet - The Chalet style is defined with a house or similar structure with a classic, wedge-shaped roof. There are two types of Chalets. The Swiss, or Bavarian Chalet has a broad roof, often with pained flowers on the front and the Black Forest Chalet has the traditional covering across the peak. Chalet clocks often feature carved figurines depicting everyday life in the Black Forest. Chalet clocks commonly include a moving water wheel and other animated characters.
Carved - Carved clocks often include wood carvings of birds. Traditionally, the bird of choice is a cuckoo bird, but other birds and animals are sometimes used, such as owls and deer. The rest of the clock is often intricately carved , with many natural elements such as leaves, animals, and trees. Some clocks do not feature any natural elements but (due to the very intricate carving and lack of a house-like structure) are placed in the carved category.
Hunting Models - Hunting models have a strong hunting theme and are adorned with many animals. The crown usually has a stag head of hunting rifles, or sometimes both. The bottom of the clock often has a carved hunting horn as well.
The History of the Cuckoo Clock:
All over the world the cuckoo clock is regarded a symbol of the Black Forest. Since the 18th century the clockmakers of their region have specialized in the development of this type of clock. The cuckoo clock became known throughout the world thanks to the traveling "Clock Peddlers" (or Uhrentraeger) from the Black Forest who literally carried the clocks on their backs in rucksacks.
The first model of a cuckoo clock was a painted wooden clock. The Shield Clock or Frame Clocks had simple wooden designs with elaborate hand painting. This type of clock was made from about 1730 onward, and was considered to be the specific clock style of the Black Forest. Eventually, animated figures were added and the animated cuckoo bird became the most popular.
The "railway house clock" or Bahnhausle design has been incredibly popular since 1850. Friedrich Eisenlohr of Furtwangen, Germany first submitted the design as part of a contest for the Grand Duchy of Baden. His inspiration was a railroad guard's house overrun by vines and leaves. This design eventually included the fine painting from the Shield Clocks as well as intricately cut features and animated figures .
Today vines, leaves, animals and woodland characters, as well as hunting scenes are features of this typical form of cuckoo clock. Dancing couples in traditional dress automatically move to music or the mill wheel rotates on the hour, while a farmer chops wood. The cuckoo itself moves its wings and beak and rocks back and forth when calling. Despite fluctuations in demand on the clock market, the production of the cuckoo clock in the Black Forest has remained uninterrupted to this day.