This is one of the earliest I've seen of Emil's clocks and it is truly remarkable! The carvings are outstanding, old World quality, and the case and fancy carvings have a remarkable blend of dark and medium Walnut as well as color; very nice! It is a great looking clock and an impressive size too measuring about 19" high (from the tip of the antlers to the bottom of the game bag and not counting the weights or pendulum), about 9" or so at its deepest point, and about 11 at its widest point.
The clock looks to be carved from cured and aged Linden wood which is grown nearly exclusively at certain altitudes of the Black Forest. There is a carved colorful wooden game bird mounted to the right side of the dial and an equally impressive, beautifully carved wooden rabbit mounted to the left side. The clock front is designed to look like an intricate oak tree adorned with four, deeply carved wooden oak leaves as well as a carved hunting game bag with straps on the very bottom.
The wooden dial has a black backdrop and features raised Roman numerals to mark the hours and a pair of matching fancy hands to point out the time. There is a round Alpen horn encircling the dial complete with mouthpiece and horn end.
The top is a separate carving and features a large deer head with antlers and two wooden shotguns mounted underneath. The back is wood too and secured with a metal latch. It removes to allow access to the early all metal, mechanical, weight driven movement created by "Regula" and bearing the Schmeckenbecher name.
A weight driven movement simply means that the chains need to be pulled occasionally to wind the clock, cuckoo activity, and music. The wood 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 to the left above the dial 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. 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 wooden door to the right above the dial opens and a colorful man with a zither in his lap appears in the doorway.
At the same time, a high quality Thorens, Swiss made music box plays a heavenly, long rendition of "Rosen aus dem Suden" (Southern Roses), one of the most recognized tunes ever. When the music is over, the man retreats back inside and closes the door; absolutely fascinating!
The clock works just fine here, keeps good time, cuckoos as it was designed to, and the music is absolutely heavenly! 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 little 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 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 "STUNNING GERMAN BLACK FOREST HUNTER DEER SWISS MUSIC LARGE WOOD CUCKOO CLOCK" is in sale since Saturday, November 28, 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.