This is an outstanding find of a beautiful, fully intact, working, mechanical 8 day cuckoo clock that was created about 70 years ago in the Black Forest of Triberg "Germany" by "August Schatz, " one of the best clock makers in this region of the world! The clock is hand carved from cured and aged Linden wood which is grown nearly exclusively at certain altitudes of the Black Forest. It was created to look like an intricately carved grape vine complete with hand carved grape leaves and a bird.
There are five, large, deeply hand carved grape leaves on the front and an beautifully hand carved, large, ornate wooden bird perched on the very top looking as though he's ready to fly. The wooden dial has a black backdrop and features raised Roman numerals to mark the hours and matching fancy hands to point out the time.
There is a goldtone metal script just above the dial stating: "Schatz 8 Day" in very fancy calligraphy. The country name, "Germany" is found on the lower dial as well as the movement.
The back is wood too and secured with a metal latch. It removes to allow access to the all metal, weight driven mechanical movement inside the case produced by Schatz and bearing the August Schatz name. A weight driven movement simply means that the chains need to be pulled every 8 days or as often as you wish to wind the clock and cuckoo activity.
The wooden bellow or whistle tubes look and sound good too. At the bottom of each hour, a colorful wooden bird opens the small door above the dial and stands in the doorway. He gives off a single cuckoo sound in tandem with a coiled cathedral chime inside the case and then retreats back inside and closes the door.The bird reappears at the top of the hour and correctly cuckoos and chimes the current number of hours and then goes back inside the case and closes the door behind him; fascinating! The clock works just fine here, keeps good time, and cuckoos as it was designed to do. Keep in mind this is an old clock and we don't know the service history so some adjustments or service may be necessary once the clock arrives at its new home. The movement does show signs of regular maintenance but nonetheless, we always advise our clock customers to service their vintage or antique clocks at least once every three years. Doing so will preserve a classic clock like this one and keep it running strong for years to come. The clock comes complete as shown with two sets of attached metal chains, a hand carved wooden grape leaf pendulum, and two very heavy pinecone shaped metal weights. Ive looked the clock over fairly well and cant find any damage, missing pieces, or repairs. It shows less than average signs of use and is just gorgeous on display! The clock is an impressive size too measuring about 13" (not counting the weights or pendulum), about 6 1/2" at its deepest point, and about 9 or so across the top. This clock would be the focal point in any collection and is certain to impress anyone seeing it in your home, office or wherever it is that you care to showcase a magnificent, 8 day mechanical German timepiece with a solid history behind it. If you like this item and I'm sure you do, then I know you'll love the other items. Check back frequently since we're listing a lot of antique/vintage items as time allows! We'd be glad to send more pictures if available; just ask!
My wife and I have been accumulating lots of nice antiques and other collectors items over the years. But now is a good time to start clearing out the things we no longer wish to keep. We do all that we can to accurately describe each item to the best of our ability. Be sure to add commits to your favorites list.The item "OLD GERMAN AUGUST SCHATZ TRADITIONAL CARVED WOOD 8 DAY BLACK FOREST CUCKOO CLOCK" is in sale since Tuesday, May 26, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Clocks\Vintage (1930-69)\Cuckoo, Black Forest".
The seller is "commits" and is located in Yucaipa, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.