Clocks

HISTORY OF THE CUCKOO CLOCK

For centuries, the cuckoo clock has been one of the most popularly exported productions in Germany’s Black Forest. Believed to have been created in Schönwald around 1740, the first cuckoo clocks were basic wooden clocks, called Foliot clocks. They featured an exposed mechanism that had a wooden hand that kept the time. The ones that resemble those that we see today date back to 1850 and named the Bahnhäusleuhr. During the 1860's, clock makers began creating weights that resembled fir cones and started implementing hand carved, elegant designs into their clock creations. The cuckoo clock soon became the landmark of the Black Forest and an excellent representation of German craftsmanship.