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Cuckoo Clocks

The first cuckoo clock is believed to have been created by Franz Anton Ketterer in a German Black Forest village in 1730. Cuckoo clocks have weight-driven movements, with the weights dangling from chains under the clock in the shape of pine cones, acorns, or other figures. In modern spring-driven cuckoo clocks, the weights are merely decorative.

The clock sounds on the hour with one cuckoo for each hour, a sound produced by wind rushing through pipes when a bird or other figure emerges from the clock. The antique cuckoo clock has both pipes and casing made of wood, usually aged linden wood or a mixture of linden and walnut. Musical varieties of the clock play a tune after the hourly cuck-oo and may feature secondary figures dancing, hunting, chopping wood, or engaging in other activities.

Both modern and antique cuckoo clocks are sought after by collectors, aficionados, and tourists hunting souvenirs in Bavaria and beyond. The continued interest in cuckoo clocks can be attributed to the whimsical, quaint natures and charming craftsmanship of the clocks.


Quick Facts

  • The largest cuckoo clock in the world is in Triberg, Germany with a total weight of six tons. The cuckoo bird is 14 feet long and weighs 330 pounds. The clock took four years to build
  • Cuckooland is a museum in Cheshire, United Kingdom founded by brothers Roman and Maz Piekarski, both horologists and clock restorers. The museum features more than 600 clocks from the Black Forest region, authentic Black Forest tools and machines, and a vintage motorcycle collection
  • A late 19th to early 20th century Swiss Black Forest wood cuckoo clock carved with birds and acorns realized a price of $1,577 at an auction by Christie’s of London in 2010

Recommended Items at Auction

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German Cuckoo Clock
Mar 06, 11:00 AM EST
German Cuckoo Clock
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $100- $200
$706 Bids
Cuckoo Clock
Mar 02, 9:00 AM EST
Cuckoo Clock
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
A 21stC black forest cuckoo clock by Adolf Herr . Model 333/11 depicting a
Feb 26, 9:00 AM GMT
A 21stC black forest cuckoo clock by Adolf Herr . Model 333/11 depicting a
by Claydon Auctioneers
Est: £30- £50
£300 Bids
Vintage German He Co. Cuckoo Clock
Feb 24, 9:00 AM CST
Vintage German He Co. Cuckoo Clock
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $300
$150 Bids
Hubert Herr Original Schwarzwälder Kuckucksuhr Black Forest Cuckoo Clock LIKE NEW
Mar 02, 6:00 PM EST
Hubert Herr Original Schwarzwälder Kuckucksuhr Black Forest Cuckoo Clock LIKE NEW
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$10 Bids
German Musical Lumberjack Cuckoo Clock
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
German Musical Lumberjack Cuckoo Clock
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Vintage Carved Wood Cuckoo Clock, Wood Antlers
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Carved Wood Cuckoo Clock, Wood Antlers
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Carved Wood Quartz Cuckoo Clock
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Carved Wood Quartz Cuckoo Clock
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
German Wooden Cuckoo Clock With Pendulum
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
German Wooden Cuckoo Clock With Pendulum
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Vintage German Cuckoo Clock With Pendulum
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage German Cuckoo Clock With Pendulum
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
The Time Company Quartz Cuckoo Clock
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
The Time Company Quartz Cuckoo Clock
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Vtg German Hunting Cuckoo Clock, Wood Antlers
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
Vtg German Hunting Cuckoo Clock, Wood Antlers
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
German Musical Cuckoo Clock With Pendulum
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
German Musical Cuckoo Clock With Pendulum
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
German Hunting Themed Cuckoo Clock
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
German Hunting Themed Cuckoo Clock
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
(3pc) Mini German Cuckoo Clocks, Swiss Cottage
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
(3pc) Mini German Cuckoo Clocks, Swiss Cottage
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
(2) Vintage German Cuckoo Clocks
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
(2) Vintage German Cuckoo Clocks
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
(2) Vintage Cuckoo Clocks, German, Austrian
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
(2) Vintage Cuckoo Clocks, German, Austrian
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
(2) German Cuckoo Clocks
Mar 02, 10:00 AM MST
(2) German Cuckoo Clocks
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Cuckoo Clocks


EJ'S Auction & Appraisal

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Bodnar's Auction Sales

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Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers