Cuckoo Clock: origin and operation

Cuckoo Clock: origin and operation

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A real decoration accessory to keep a vintage interior style, the cuckoo clock is much more than just a decorative object. Originally made of wood, it reflects a craftsmanship that draws its sources from nature and the gentle song of a bird. But where does it come from? How does it work? And above all, which design to choose? Let's discover it together in this article dedicated to cuckoo clocks.

Where does the cuckoo clock come from?

The first descriptions of the bird clock or cuckoo clock date back to the 1600s. However, some sources claim that this type of clock was only born in the 16th century, more precisely in 1738. In that year, Franz Ketterer had the brilliant idea to design a unique and functional wall clock. He was certainly inspired by the birdsong that he often encountered in the Black Forest in the making of his masterpiece.

At the time, Franz used logs from the forest in southwestern Germany to build his clocks. Moreover, in the "Cuckoo Clock" collection, you will find different ranges of cuckoo wall clocks that keep the same ancestral manufacturing principles being made of wood.

Franz Anton Ketterer (1676-1749)

Cuckoo Clock: understanding how it works

The cuckoo clocks imitate in their entirety the house and habits of a cuckoo clock that lives in the heart of the forest. In this sense, it is not surprising to find a form related to the cuckoo's habitat with the many wall clocks on the site.

The cuckoo clock contains a pendulum that rings every hour as it releases a cuckoo clock emitting a melodious song. The makers have made sure to imitate perfectly the real sound of this bird.

The cuckoo clock comes out after a set of parts that hold thanks to a system of gears made of brass engages. The speed of appearance and withdrawal of the bird is done according to the weights and chains put in cast iron. In principle, the number of calls made by the latter indicates the time. Therefore, if it is 6 o'clock in the morning, he must go out 6 times to warn you without you needing to consult the clock.

The different designs of wall clocks with cuckoo clock

Although all cuckoo clocks basically have a similar operating principle, they may have different design features. We will quote in particular :

  • the ancestral vintage design
  • traditional wooden design
  • the molded plastic design
  • the multicolored chalet design
  • modern design
  • the classic design for children

Vintage design and traditional wood

As its name suggests, the wall cuckoo clock is a vintage ancestral design inspired mainly by the types of cuckoo clocks found in the Black Forest. It has a cottage with a pointed or flat roof, a cuckoo window and other forest animals closer to the clock. It really feels like it comes straight out of a forest.

Inspiring both a modern and a traditional style, the traditional wooden clock is made of wood, keeping a Roman numeral in general. Its main advantage? It takes up very little space on your walls. If you are more interested in a more attractive look, choose multicolored cuckoo clocks. It is also possible to choose a type of wall clock made of materials other than wood: moulded plastic. This cuckoo clock design gives you the possibility to get watches in a more cheerful color than raw wood and its shades.

A modern cuckoo clock cottage in different aspects

Modern versions of the traditional cuckoo clock already exist, offering a more simplistic base, practical to put on the wall and perfect for interior decoration. In addition, there is a choice of several colors: raw wood, dark wood, light, white... They are available in Roman numerals and classic numbering.

The modern world has even made it possible to create wall cuckoo clocks to fit the design of a child's bedroom. Simple but intuitive, the cuckoo clock for children is one of the best ideas to arouse a child's curiosity.

How to choose your cuckoo clock?

Well before choosing your cuckoo clock, you should know that there are two types depending on the movements generated. One distinguishes in particular the mechanical cuckoo clocks and the quartz cuckoo clocks. Quartz wall clocks work with a battery and offer recorded melodies in addition to the song of the bird. You can therefore choose between starting the cuckoo clock with or without melody. In addition, they are equipped with light capture that prevents any sound emission in the dark to avoid disturbances in the middle of the night.

Contrary to the wall clock with quartz cuckoo clock, the mechanical clock works thanks to winding and not a battery. The mechanical models available on the site are to be wound once a day or once a week depending on the case.

Materials used

Traditional wall clocks are often made of wood. And even most modern cuckoo clocks are made of wood. Wood being a noble material, it will be a perfect idea for interior decoration.

If you are looking for more modernity, choose a cuckoo clock made of metal or plastic.

The budget

Each cuckoo clock watch has its own value according to its type, design and the additional features it offers. In principle, a cuckoo clock carved by an expert craftsman will require a larger budget than a model from a mass production line.

Also, to obtain a certified wall cuckoo clock, it is generally necessary to foresee a rather high sum since one will be in the presence of a unique model, authentic and which respects environmental standards.

Mechanical, quartz, wood, plastic or metal, no matter what type, a wall cuckoo clock will bring more conviviality and happiness to your home. Depending on the design and the desired effects, you are free to integrate it in the bedroom, the living room, the entrance hall, the kitchen, the children's room and even the office.

πŸ•’ If you like futuristic decoration, discover a clock that is both retro and futuristic by consulting our article on nixie clocks. πŸ•’

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