This is an outstanding find of a breathtaking, beautifully carved, musical, animated hunter mechanical cuckoo clock that was created about 40 years ago in the Black Forest of what was then, "Karlsruhe, West Germany" by Albert Schwab, one of the most creative and high quality clock makers in this region of the world. The carvings are outstanding, old World quality, and the case and fancy carvings have a remarkable dark blended oak finish; very nice! It is a great looking clock and an impressive size too measuring about 17 1/2" high (from the tip of the antlers to the bottom of the game bag and not counting the weights or pendulum), about 9" at its deepest point, and about 9 1/2 at its widest point. The clock looks to be carved mostly from cured and aged Linden wood which has been the choice of cuckoo carvers since around 1870. There is a uniquely carved wooden game bird mounted to the right side of the dial and an equally impressive, very unusual, beautifully carved wooden rabbit mounted to the left side.
The clock front is designed to look like an intricate oak tree adorned with ten, deeply carved wooden oak leaves as well as a carved hunting game bag with straps on the very bottom. The dial has a black backdrop and features raised white Roman numerals to mark the hours and a rare pair of matching, fancy, carved wooden hands to point out the time.There is a wooden balcony with wood scallops located just above the dial. There is a rotating dance floor just behind the balcony and four colorful Black Forest dancing couples are mounted to it. The top is a separate wooden carving and features a large wooden deer head complete with complex antlers and two wooden shotguns mounted just below it. The back is wood too and secured with a metal latch. It removes to allow access to the mechanical, weight driven movement produced by "Regula" and bearing the Albert Schwab name and Karlsuhe, West Germany point of origin.
A weight driven movement simply means that the chains need to be pulled occasionally to wind the clock, cuckoo activity, animation and music. The bellow or whistle tubes are intact and the tops look and sound good too. At the bottom of each hour, a colorful bird opens the small wooden door above the dance floor and stands in the doorway. He gives off a single cuckoo sound in tandem with a coiled cathedral chime and then retreats back inside and closes the door.This is what is supposed to happen when he is safely inside: the dance floor begins to turn and the dancers spin about while a "Swiss" made, high quality, "Cuendet" music box inside the case plays a very nice rendition of "Im Munchen Steht ein Hofbrauhaus" which is the theme song to the annual Oktoberfest in Munich. When the music is over, the dancers stop and wait until the next half hour. 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. When he is safely inside, the dance floor begins to turn yet again and the dancers spin about but this time the music box plays a heavenly rendition of the beloved, "Trink Bruderlein Trink, " one of the most popular drinking songs ever created. And when the music is over, the dancers stop.
The clock works well, cuckoos as it should, and keeps good time too though I did notice that the music and animation does not work. I have heard it play when I operate it manually and ordinarily, I would make any repairs but I simply don't have the time these days to work on the old clocks like I used to. There is a fully intact label on the left side of the case identifying both song titles, Cuendet manufacture, and Switzerland origin.
Keep in mind this is an old clock and we don't know the service history though the movement does show signs of maintenance. 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 three sets of attached metal chains, a hand carved wooden oak leaf pendulum, and three heavy pinecone shaped metal weights. Ive looked the clock over fairly well and cant find any damage, missing parts, and only average or less signs of use.
It is just gorgeous on display! This clock is a wonderful look back at the greatness of Black Forest workmanship and is certain to capture the imagination of anyone seeing or hearing it in your home, office or wherever it is that you care to showcase a magnificent, very unique, mechanical, musical German timepiece with a solid history behind it. Have the music and animation repaired, repair it yourself, or leave it the way it is. If you like this item and I'm sure you do, then I know you'll love the other items.
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