This is an outstanding find of a beautiful, working, animated, musical mountain chalet cuckoo clock that was created about 60 years ago in the Black Forest of what was then, Villingen "West Germany" by "Emil Schmeckenbecher, " one of the finest clock makers in this region of the world. The clock is made to look like an old Burgermeister City Hall and features hand carved trim from cured and aged Linden wood which is grown nearly exclusively at certain altitudes of the Black Forest. There is beveled and tapered wooden trim under the roof line on both the left and right sides and each has colorful hand painted Edelweiss flowers and vines. There is a fancy wooden balcony just above the dial and the scallop trim has more hand painted, Edelweiss flowers! There are four colorful dance couples mounted on a rotating dance platform just behind the balcony.
The lower balcony is also hand carved and complete with more colorful flowers. The balcony is very fancy, loaded with more colorful vining flowers, and features a colorful Black Forest man holding an accordian sitting on a stump on the left edge and a colorful Black Forest lady is featured on the right edge...
Looks like an old fashioned serenade to me. The dial has a black backdrop and features raised Roman numerals to mark the hours and matching fancy hands to point out the time. The country origin, "Germany" is found on the lower dial and embossed on the back. The back is wood too and secured with a metal latch.The back removes to allow access to the all metal, mechanical, weight driven movement inside the case that was produced by "Regula" and bears the Schmeckenbecher name as well as "West Germany" as the point of origin. A weight driven movement simply means that the chains need to be pulled occasionally to wind the clock, music and animation, and cuckoo activity. The bellow or whistle tubes look good and sound good too. At the bottom of each hour, a colorful bird opens the small green 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 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.
When he is safely inside, the dance platform begins to turn and the dancers spin about as a high quality Swiss music box plays an extraordinary rendition of "Rhapsodie Suedoise" or Swedish Rhapsody, one of world's all-time favorite tunes! The dancers stop dancing when the music is over and wait until the next opportunity; absolutely fascinating! The clock works just fine here, keeps good time, cuckoos as it was designed to do, and the music is wonderful! There are three pinecone shaped metal weights; two of them work the clock and cuckoo activities and the smaller one works the music and animation.
Keep in mind this is an old clock and we don't know the service history so some adjustments or service may be needed once the clock arrives at its new home. The movement does show signs of maintenance but regardless, 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 chalet style pendulum, and three heavy pinecone shaped metal weights. Ive looked the clock over fairly well and cant find any damage, old repairs, or missing pieces.The clock is gorgeous on display, shows only average signs of use, and has a wonderful aging glow to it. The clock is an impressive size too measuring about 12 1/2" high (not counting the weights or pendulum), about 6 1/2" at its deepest point, and about 9 1/2 or so across the top. This clock would be the focal point in any collection and is certain to captivate the imagination of anyone seeing or hearing it in your home, office or wherever it is that you care to showcase a very nice, animated, musical German timepiece with a solid history behind it.
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The seller is "commits" and is located in Yucaipa, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.