Discovering the Early Beginnings of the Exquisite Cuckoo Clock

If you try to ask most people who own a cuckoo clock about its history, you will probably get a shrug or a few stories about how they bought it. If you are really curious about the early beginnings of this world-known clock, here is a summary of its short history. Once you have learned more about its origins, you will surely understand why most people value their cuckoo clocks more than any of their other prized possessions.

Cuckoo clocks early beginnings

Although there are no clear facts about who created the very first cuckoo clock in Germanys Black Forest, this unusual clock and its bird calls quickly conquered the entire region. During the eighteenth century, small shops that were dedicated to producing clocks with wooden gears immediately released the very first clocks with intricate hand-painted designs. Two main fables from two chroniclers of the Black Forest also provided two different stories about the origins of this vintage clock.

The first fable was narrated by Father Franz Steyrer in 1976. He described the meeting between two clock peddlers who met a Bohemian merchant selling wooden cuckoo clocks. Both of the peddlers were excited so they decided to buy one. Upon bringing the item home, they copied it and showed what they created to the Bohemian merchant they met. Since then, its popularity grew in Germany and more clock makers started to produce them.

The other story was narrated by another priest named Markus Fidelis Jack. According to him, the clock was created during the 1730's by the clock master Franz Anton Keterrer. He had the idea of adorning a wooden cuckoo clock with a moving bird that announced the time through cuckoo calls. He got the idea of how he can make cuckoo calls from the bellows of church organs. As time passed by, this story became more popular so it turned into a more acceptable version of how cuckoo clocks were born.

Changes in design and features

During the 1860's, changes in decorative tastes have also caused variations in the traditional design of cuckoo clocks. Most of their wooden cases were designed with paintings of animals with moving eyes or persons. They immediately became a complimentary piece in bourgeois living rooms. Their decorative and architectural designs were also rarer than other popular units with gatekeeper houses and they were usually used as wall, bracket, or mantel clocks.

Clocks with railway designs were usually incorporated into a square box with hidden cuckoo doors and pitched roofs with intricately carved leaves and other images. Their designs were inspired by the Bavarian landscape surrounded by tropical railway houses all throughout the region of Germany. After a few years, this design emerged as the most recognizable style of German cuckoo clocks.

Now that you are already familiar with the origins of the first cuckoo clocks, you can already buy one without wondering why you were attracted to it in the first place. After undergoing changes in design and features, the cuckoo clock will always be an essential part of modern and traditional homes.

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