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Cuckoo Clock Info
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There are 2 main styles of Cuckoo Clocks, Traditional and Chalet Style.
Traditional style clocks feature handcarved animals, leaves, and hunting scenes. Chalet style clocks are shaped like homes in the Black Forest region.
Unpacking & setup of your Cuckoo Clock -
When your new cuckoo clock arrives, read all of the setup instructions first. Please follow the steps in the enclosed instructions and handle the cuckoo clock with care at all times. See our Cuckoo Clock Setup Instructions section online too for help! See our Cuckoo Clock Help guide to answer your troubleshooting questions too! You can contact us at anytime with any questions you may have! We are here to help!
Cuckoo Clock Manufacturers-
Our premier manufacturers include:
Hones, Romba & Haas, Hubert Herr, Schneider, Engstler, Harzer, and Schwer.
Cuckoo Clock Styles-
Each cuckoo clock is hand crafted which makes them so unique and desireable. No two clocks are exactly the same. Your actual cuckoo clock may vary slightly from the images online but the basic style and nominal size will remain the same. Prices, sizes, colors and styles are subject to change without notice.
Cuckoo Clock Linden Wood-
Linden wood is a soft wood which has short fibers. The soft wood and short fibers allow for the production of well-shaped and smooth surfaced cuckoo clocks during the hand-carving.
Cuckoo Clock Measurement -
Dimensional height of the Cuckoo Clocks are measured from the top of the clocks carving to the bottom carving or case. Cuckoo Clock measurements do not include the weights.
Manual Night Shut-Off Switch -
Many Mechanical Cuckoo Clocks come with a manual night shut-off switch that you can turn on at night not to hear the cuckoo call if you wish. Even with cuckoo clocks without a manual night shut off switch you can always close the cuckoo door to stop the cuckoo call in the evening if you wish.
1 Day Cuckoo Clocks -
1 Day Cuckoo Clocks need to be wound by pulling up the weights each day. The cuckoo calls once on the half hour and the full hour the number of hours. Many Cuckoo Clocks have a night shut-off switch.
1 Day Musical Cuckoo Clocks -
1 Day Musical Cuckoo Clocks need to be wound by pulling up the weights each day. The cuckoo calls once on the half hour and the full hour the number of hours. Most of the 1 day musical cuckoo clocks play music after the half hour call. The musical cuckoo clocks usually play two songs. Many Cuckoo clocks have a night shut-off switch.
8 Day Cuckoo Clocks -
8 Day Cuckoo Clocks need to be wound by pulling up the weights every 8 days. The cuckoo calls once on the half hour and the full hour the number of hours. Many Cuckoo clocks have a night shut-off switch.
8 Day Musical Cuckoo Clocks -
8 Day Musical Cuckoo Clocks needs to be wound by pulling up the weights every 8 days. The cuckoo calls once on the half hour and the full hour the number of hours. The 8 day musical cuckoo clocks play music after the full hour call. The musical cuckoo clocks usually play 2 or 3 songs. Many Cuckoo clocks have a night shut-off switch.
Quartz Cuckoo Clocks -
Quartz Cuckoo Clocks are operated by batteries.
The weights do not need to be pulled up every day or every 8 days. The cuckoo calls on the hour. Quartz cuckoo clocks come with chains, weights, and volume control. Most of the Quartz Black Forest Clocks (under 8") take 1 to 2 "AA" Batteries. Most of the Quartz Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks usually take 2 to 3 "C" Batteries. Battery Operated Clocks have an electric eye & are silent when their is no light (off at night).
Difference between 1 Day movement and 8 Day movement -
Cuckoo Clocks with a 1 Day Movement have to be wound each day.
Cuckoo Clocks with 8 Day Movement have to be wound each week.
Wind Up Clocks -
Wind-up clocks are wound with a key and last between 24-30 hours.
All of our cuckoo clocks are Imported &
Hand Carved from the Black Forest Region of Germany.
A clock (from the Latin cloca, "bell") is an instrument for measuring time. The clock in its most common, modern form (in use since at least the 14th century) displays the time in hours, minutes, and often seconds during a 12- or 24-hour period.
1. Clocks used for technical purposes, of very high accuracy, are usually called chronometers. A common portable timekeeping instrument for personal use is the pocket or wrist watch.
True clocks also have an announcing or striking mechanism that sounds after each set interval of time, usually by ringing a bell (which, as previously indicated, originally gave the clock its name), chimes, or gong. A timekeeping instrument without a striking mechanism is correctly referred to as a timepiece, which is the proper designation for ordinary wrist watches and other timekeeping devices lacking a striking mechanism.
2. A pendulum clock uses a pendulum as its time base. From their invention until about 1930, clocks using pendulum movements were the most accurate. Because of their need to be stationary and immovable while operating, Pendulum clocks cannot operate in vehicles, because the motion and accelerations of the vehicle will affect the motion and pace of the pendulum, causing inaccuracies. See chronometer for a discussion of the problems of navigational clocks.
The pendulum clock was invented by Christian Huygens in 1656, based on the pendulum introduced by Galileo Galilei.
Pendulum clocks remained the mechanism of choice for accurate timekeeping for centuries, ending with the Fedchenko observatory clocks produced from after WWII up to around 1960 that marked the end of the pendulum era as the most reliable time standard.
Pendulum clocks remain popular for domestic use.
Pendulum Mechanism clocks have several parts:
The pendulum itself, a mass on the end of a rod. The escapement that passes energy to the pendulum to keep it swinging and also releases the gear train in a step-by-step manner. The gear train that slows the rapid rotation of the escapement down to a suitable speed to match the characteristics of the drive motor. An indicating system that shows how often the escapement has rotated and therefore how much time has passed.
3. A striking clock is a clock that sounds the hours on a bell or gong.
The striking feature of clocks was at one time sometimes more important than their clock faces; some early clocks struck the hours, but had no public dials to enable the time to be read. Many early clocks struck up to 24 strokes, particularly in Italy, where the 24 hour clock, keeping Italian hours, was widely used in the 14th and 15th centuries. The 12 hour clock, and consequently 12 hour striking, became more widespread, particularly in Northern Europe and England, and eventually became the standard.
A typical striking clock will have two gear trains, because a striking clock must add a striking train that operates the mechanism that rings the bell in addition to the timekeeping train that measures the passage of time.
4. The Common Cuckoo (Cuculus canorus) is a member of the cuckoo order of birds, the Cuculiformes, which also includes the roadrunners, the anis, the coucals, and the Hoatzin.
It is a widespead summer migrant to Europe and western Asia, and winters in Africa. It is a brood parasite, which lays its eggs in the nests particularly of Dunnocks, Meadow Pipits, and Reed Warblers.
Female Cuckoos are divided into gentes, that is populations favouring a particular host species' nest and laying eggs which match those of that species in colour and pattern. The colour pattern is inherited from the female only, suggesting that it is carried on the sex-determining W chromosome (females are WZ, males ZZ). It is notable that most non-parasitic cuckoos lay white eggs, like most non-passerines other than ground nesters.
The exception is in the case of the Dunnock, where the Cuckoo's egg has no resemblance to its hosts' blue eggs. This is thought to be because the Dunnock is a recent host, and has not yet acquired the ability to distinguish eggs. Male Cuckoos breed with females without regard to gens. This results in gene flow between the gentes and maintains a common gene pool for the species (except for the genes on the W chromosome).
5. A gong is any one of a wide variety of metal percussion instruments. The term is Malay-Javanese in origin but widespread throughout Asia. The instrument itself appears to have origins in the bronze drums of China, cymbals of central Asia, and perhaps even in European bell-casting techniques.
Gongs are broadly of three types. Suspended gongs are more or less flat, circular disks of metal suspended vertically by means of a cord passed through holes near to the top rim. Bossed gongs have a raised center boss and are often suspended and played horizontally. Bowl gongs are bowl-shaped, and rest on cushions. Gongs are made mainly from bronze or brass but there are many other alloys in use.
6. A nest box (or birdhouse) is a man-made box provided for animals to nest in. Nest boxes are most frequently utilized for wild and domestic birds, but certain species of mammal may also use them.
Boxes are usually wooden, though some for birds are made from mixtures of wood and concrete, called woodcrete. Metal nest boxes are also marketed, but these are generally unsuitable for outdoor use, as they can overheat easily in sunshine.
7. The term chalet stems from Franco-provençal speaking part of Switzerland and originally referred to the hut of a herder. It derives from the medieval Latin calittum, which might come from an Indoeuropean root cala that means shelter.
Many chalets in the European Alps were originally used as seasonal farms for dairy cattle which would be brought up from the lowland pastures during the summer months. The herders would live in the chalet and make butter and cheese in order to preserve the milk produced. These products would then be taken, with the cattle, back to the low valleys before the on set of the alpine winter.
8. An automaton (plural: automata) is a self-operating machine. The word is sometimes used to describe a robot, more specifically an autonomous robot. Used colloquially, it refers to a mindless follower.
9. A musical box (or music box) is a 19th century automatic musical instrument that produces sounds by the use of a set of pins placed on a revolving cylinder or disc so as to strike the tuned teeth of a steel comb. They were developed from musical snuff boxes of the 18th century, and called carillons à musique. Some of the more complex boxes also have a tiny drum and small bells, in addition to the metal comb. Alec Templeton, an avid collector of music boxes, and a professional concert musician, once noted that the tone of a musical box is unlike that of any musical instrument (although it is best described as somewhere between the timbres of an mbira and a celesta).
10. A pine cone (in formal botanical usage: strobilus, plural strobili) is an organ on plants in the division Pinophyta (conifers) that contains the reproductive structures. The familiar woody cone is the seed-producing female cone. The male cones, which produce pollen, are usually herbaceous and much less conspicuous even at full maturity. The name "cone" derives from the fact that the shape in some species resembles a geometric cone.
11. A quartz clock is a timepiece that uses an electronic oscillator which is made up by a quartz crystal to keep precise time. This crystal oscillator creates a signal with very precise frequency. Usually some form of digital logic counts the cycles of this signal and provides a numeric time display, usually in units of hours, minutes, and seconds.
Chemically, quartz is a compound called silicon dioxide. When a crystal of quartz is properly cut and mounted, it can be made to bend in an electric field. When the field is removed, the quartz will generate an electric field as it returns to its previous shape. This property is known as piezoelectricity.
12. A simple gravity pendulum or bob pendulum (plural pendulums or pendula), is a weight on the end of a rigid rod (or a string/rope), which, when given an initial push, will swing back and forth under the influence of gravity over its central (lowest) point.
The pendulum was discovered by Ibn Yunusbl during the 10th century, who was the first to study and document its oscillatory motion. Its value for use in clocks was introduced by physicists during the 17th century, following observations from Galileo.
13. The system of Roman numerals is a numeral system originating in ancient Rome, and was adapted from Etruscan numerals. The system used in classical antiquity was slightly modified in the Middle Ages to produce the system we use today. It is based on certain letters which are given values as numerals.
Roman numerals are commonly used today in numbered lists (in outline format), clockfaces, pages preceding the main body of a book, chord triads in music analysis, the numbering of movie sequels, book publication dates, successive political leaders or children with identical names, and the numbering of some sport events, such as the Olympic Games or the Super Bowls.
14. The Black Forest (German Schwarzwald) is a wooded mountain range in Baden-Württemberg, southwestern Germany. It is bordered by the Rhine valley to the west and south. The highest peak is the Feldberg with an elevation of 1,493 meters (4,898 feet). Black Forest ham originated from this region.
Geologically, the Black Forest consists of a cover of sandstone on top of a core of gneiss. During the last ice age, the Würm glaciation, the Black Forest was covered by glaciers; several cirques such as the Mummelsee are remains of this period.
Rivers in the Black Forest include Danube, Enz, Kinzig, Murg, Neckar, and Rench. The Black Forest is part of the continental divide between the Atlantic Ocean watershed (drained by the Rhine) and the Black Sea watershed (drained by the Danube).
The cities of Freiburg and Baden-Baden are popular tourist destinations on the western edge of the Black Forest; towns in the forest include Bad Herrenalb, Baiersbronn, Freudenstadt, Gengenbach, Schramberg, Staufen, Titisee-Neustadt, and Wolfach. Other popular destinations include such mountains as the Feldberg, the Belchen, the Kandel, and the Schauinsland; the Titisee and Schluchsee lakes; the All Saints Waterfalls; the Triberg Waterfalls, the highest waterfalls in Germany; and the gorge of the Gutach River.