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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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Vintage Western Germany Wood Cuckoo Clock
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Western Germany Wood Cuckoo Clock
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Cuckoo Clock - AS IS
Nov 29, 9:00 AM EST
Cuckoo Clock - AS IS
by Wehrly's Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$62 Bids
Collectible German Blackforest Cuckoo Clock, NIB
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
Collectible German Blackforest Cuckoo Clock, NIB
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $250
$11 Bid
GERMAN BLACK FOREST QUAIL CUCKOO CLOCK.
Dec 20, 9:00 AM EST
GERMAN BLACK FOREST QUAIL CUCKOO CLOCK.
by Morphy Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
36" GERMAN BLACK FOREST CUCKOO CLOCK
Dec 10, 12:00 PM EST
36" GERMAN BLACK FOREST CUCKOO CLOCK
by Clements
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids
Vintage Lchatz German Wooden Cuckoo Clock
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Lchatz German Wooden Cuckoo Clock
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
Large table cuckoo clock around 1880
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Large table cuckoo clock around 1880
by Auktionshaus Wersching
Est: €0- €0
€6500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Cuckoo Clocks


Monarch Auction and Estate Services

Monarch Auction and Estate Services

Morphy Auctions

Morphy Auctions

Wehrly's Auction Service

Wehrly's Auction Service

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