, one of the original clock makers in this region of the world. This one, however, is the first I've ever seen with a high quality music box that plays two separate tunes and activates during the cuckoo cycle...
The clock is quite large and carved entirely of cured and aged Linden wood which is grown nearly exclusively at certain altitudes of the Black Forest. The clock is made to look like an ornately carved, heavily detailed grape vineyard featuring ten grape leaves and vines with a dark mahogany finish!There are fancy carvings under the roof eaves and beautiful wood inlays at the top right, down each side, and across the bottom too. There are wooden finials on the bottom sides and on each down inlay at the bottom as well. The case has hinged wooden doors on each side of the case and are secured with a metal latch. The doors open easily to allow access to the clock movement for any adjustments that may be needed from this angle. The winding key for the Swiss music box is located within the hinged door on the right.
The wooden dial has a black backdrop and features raised white Roman numerals to mark the hours and matching fancy hands to point out the time; I think the hands are made of bone. And most of the numbers on the dial are individually nailed to the dial and two look to made of wood.
The wooden back is secured with two latches and removes to allow access to the old style, weight driven, mechanical movement produced by Hettich and bearing his signature logo initials, G. A weight driven movement simply means that the chains need to be pulled occasionally to wind the clock and cuckoo activity.
The tall wooden bellow or sound tubes are intact and the tops are the old trapazoid variety; look and sound good too. At the bottom of each hour, the fancy wooden door above the dial opens and a colorful wooden bird with flapping wings appears in the doorway. He gives off a single cuckoo sound in tandem with a coiled cathedral gong inside the case before retreating back inside the clock, closing the door behind him. The music box does work quite well when wound and plays two gorgeous, long version tunes. It's supposed to stop when the tune is finished but mostly keeps playing until it winds down in a minute or two.
Undoubtedly needs an adjustment or cycle spring which is quite easy to repair. The clock works quite well here, keeps good time, cuckoos as it should, and the music is wonderful too! Keep in mind that this is an old clock and we don't know the service history so it is possible that some adjustments or service may be necessary once the clock arrives at its new home. We always recommend to our clock customers to service their antique or vintage clocks at least once every three years. Doing so will turn a classic like this one into a family heirloom in years to come.
I've looked the clock over fairly well and note a few repairs that were made to the trim and wood dial over the years and an inlay at the top left that's missing, and the roof pieces are missing as well. The finials look to be replacements but they look nice and frankly, overall the clock is absolutely gorgeous on display!
It is a very impressive clock and equally impressive in size measuring about 16 1/2" high (not counting the weights or pendulum), about 7 1/2" at its deepest point, and about 13 across the top. The clock comes complete as shown with two sets of attached metal chains, an adjustable metal pendulum with a wooden bob, and two very heavy pinecone shaped metal weights. This clock is a collection all by itself and is certain to attract a great deal of attention from guests in your home, office, or wherever it is that you care to showcase a beautiful and very rare antique Black Forest, musical timepiece. If you like this item and I'm sure you do, then I know you'll love the other items. Check back frequently since we're listing a lot of antique/vintage items as time allows!
We'd be glad to send more pictures if available; just ask! My wife and I have been accumulating lots of nice antiques and other collector items over the years.
But now is a good time to start clearing out the things we no longer wish to keep. We do all that we can to accurately describe each item to the best of our ability. Day following the close of sale.
Be sure to add commits to your favorites list. The item "RARE ANTIQUE BLACK FOREST GORDIAN HETTICH MUSICAL BAHNHAUSLE INLAY CUCKOO CLOCK" is in sale since Friday, February 5, 2021.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Clocks\Antique (Pre-1930)\Cuckoo, Black Forest". The seller is "commits" and is located in Yucaipa, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.