The Cuckoo Clock From The Past To The Present

If the wall of his grandma's house, shown in toy stores in cartoons, or at your local watch shop, the look and sound cuckoo clock is recognized worldwide. Through legends and myths, reality and fiction, because there is still speculation as source or Cuckoo inventor, but the combination of research has put together a folk tale. The majority of us, the cuckoo clock with the Black Forest, they are synonymous with each other. While the Black Forest is the birthplace of the cuckoo clock is considered, there is no documentation that originate the concept of the cuckoo clock from other countries. In 1629 Philipp Hainhofer (1578-1647) from Augsburg wrote the first known description of a cuckoo clock, which was owned by Elector Augustus of Saxony. Then, in 1650, the scholar Athanasius Kircher describes a mechanical organ with several automated figures, including a mechanical cuckoo. At the same time, we hear the cuckoo, created by two organ pipes, tuned to a major or minor third.

Despite the disagreements about who produced the first Black Forest cuckoo clock, the most popular legend, it has to be in 1630, a street vendor Furtwangen glass (a region in the Black Forest) met a merchant traveling from Bohemia (the region of the Czech Republic), and brought back a crude, wooden clock, wooden wheels and common stones used as weights. Around 1730, the Black Forest clock manufacturers, which more or less like the Cuckoo we know today developed. When summer came around they would a good living selling "make watches carrier Uhrschleppers' in German" their watches called ", which they then resold throughout Europe. Over time, these watches have been demanding the introduction of new ideas, tools and skills.
People also started in certain aspects of watchmaking to specialize as a sculptor, event producers and electricity producers and sprockets emerged.

But the call of the cuckoo, as we know it today, did not show up in 1738, when Franz Anton Ketterer (1676-1749), a clock master Schoenwald [Black Forest] has a bird on your watch in motion that announced the hour with cuco- call. The master clock had a small bellows and pipes system designed to meet the cuckoo, the same technology that mimic used by Church institutions. To this day, despite some controversies about the truth, Franz Anton Ketterer is still connected to the first cuckoo clock.

In the early 19th century, the Black Forest clock design a square area wooden plane sat painted, behind which all the clockwork was attached. The wooden square face was a shell (called "Shield Clock", which "shield clock" means). In the mid-nineteenth century, there were also cuckoo mechanisms combined with "Rahmenuhr" (framed pm). As the name suggests, this watch consisted of a picture frame, usually painted with a typical scene on a wooden background or a lithograph Black Forest. The cuckoo was contained in a rule in the scene, and to proceed as in 3D, as usual, the time to announce.

Like the cuckoo demanding developed and was in their designs and decorations, many changes began to develop. Sometimes, wings and beaks of birds were excited, and sometimes they were decorated with feathers. In 1850, Robert Gerwig, the first director of the Watchmaking School in Furtwangen Grandducal shall file a public tender for the modern clock cases projects so that home products to achieve a professional look. This clock has the popular prototype clocks cuckoo of memory today.

If a train in the Black Forest was built in the 1860s, a series of tunnels had to be built, and brought skilled workers from Italy. They also brought their lifestyles and architecture with them, were decorated building small observation posts along the railroad with vines and other Italian influences. The Bahnhausle style began from the original cuckoo clocks, raw graphical form away to develop and evolve with the known case with three-dimensional wooden sculptures. 1862 Johann Baptist Beha started his ornate Bahnhausle clocks with hands carved from bone to improve, and in a few years, the popular Bahnhäusleuhr (Railroad house clock) virtually home in the interruption of other projects forced

The cottage style dates back to the late nineteenth century. Currently, there are three basic types: Black Forest chalet, Swiss chalet (with two types of "Brienz" and "Emmental") and finally the house of Bavaria. The chalet cuckoo clock is often wrongly associated with Switzerland. This error is probably in the portrayed on a story by Mark Twain, the hero of the Swiss city of Lucerne as cuckoo clocks at home

The basic cuckoo clock today, the track shape of the house (Station House), with its rich ornamentation, and these are "traditional" under the name of the known.

Although the concept a cuckoo did not occur in a clock the implementation in the Black Forest, which today comes from there, an area in Germany with the clock that makes the experience that the forest watchmaker by the end of 1600. goes back black constantly develop to create more and new ideas that made the cuckoo clock a valued pieces worldwide. Today the "train home" (Station House) is the form most commonly used type is its unique design Forest, Black is instantly recognizable around the world.
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