The cuckoo bird calls the hours and half hours with a spiral gong also repeating the hours and half hours. With all that is a little yellow bird that sings or chirps for a full quarter minute.
The movement that drives the yellow bird is quite a unique system. It has a small 1.5 VDC motor that is tripped mechanically every hour. As the bird comes out, and a drum rotates activating arms that pump bellows and as it moves different sounds are created with the double bellows. This is old technology with a D size battery.It is installed just the opposite as one would think so some care is needed when installing the battery. The mechanism may be old technology but it is creative and creates a excellent sound. I have never heard a cuckoo clock with this unique sound. I have been asked if this is a "one off" clock someone put together. I doubt it as everything seems to fit without the bending or twisting or strange bendings that are seen when it is a "basement" creation. Now the mounting is creative as it uses the screw studs of the E. The nuts must be carefully removed from the mounted movement and then the musical portion can be installed reinstalling the nuts. This movement has been disassembled put in clock cleaning solution and inspected fro any bushing wear.
It was reassemble and oiled using correct clock oil. The bellow tops were replaced.The 14"x 11" x 6.75 case is also different. While it has the traditional Black Forest design the bird motif is almost cartoonish as the birds are stylized. Look at the eyes and beaks for example although each bird character looks the same there are differences that would to me indicate hand carving not a machine. There also seems to be expressions and a story that says the baby birds are upset and want mommy and more importantly FOOD. Meanwhile there seems to be a love story among the top birds.
It is a 30 hour clock and not a huge clock so it can go anywhere but a strong hook will be required. I will provide help if needed.
This is Not a average cuckoo clock but one that you will never see again. The item "RARE Vintage German Black Forest Whimsical Birds Cuckoo Clock Mech/Elec Musical" is in sale since Friday, May 21, 2021. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Decorative Collectibles\Clocks\Cuckoo & Black Forest Clocks". The seller is "savage416" and is located in El Paso, Texas.
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