How the Cuckoo Clock Came Into Being

Cuckoo clocks have been around for centuries. From antiquity to this modern era, they are still in existence, thanks to the masters who never stopped replicating the cuckoo clocks that have started the craze in the early days. Up until these times, there are still those old models that are being used or exhibited in the different parts of the world.

The first written definition of the cuckoo clock was made in 1629, long before the establishment of clock making in the Black Forest, by an Augsburg nobleman named Philipp Hainhofer. The description referred to the clock which belonged to Prince Elector August von Sachsen. And in the 1650s, the first handbook relating to the mechanism of the cuckoo clock was documented by the scholar Athanasius Kircher. It was a handbook in music entitled Musurgia Universalis. However, it was only in 1669 when the mechanism of the cuckoo clock has become widely known. It was then when Domenico Martinelli suggested using the cuckooing of the clock to tell the hours. Clockmakers started to believe that it was possible that the cuckoo would herald the hours.

There was no account existing as to the creator of the first cuckoo clocks. However, there is a popular concurrence from the authorities that it was in Black Forest Germany where the craze have become widely unfolded. The unique clock with a calling bird became famous and every clock maker would start creating their own cuckoo clocks. This led to the first cuckoo clocks in Black Forest to be produced between 1740 and 1750.

There are at least three types of antique cuckoo clocks that are known, and they include the Black Forest, the Nineteenth Century, and the Swiss cuckoo clocks. The most common models of Black Forest apply the mechanism of an eight-day old grandfather clock. This means that the clock must be wounded once a week to make it work. The Nineteenth Century, on the other hand, features a clock face that is right in the middle of a wooden frame. The Swiss cuckoo clocks were produced in Switzerland during the latter part of the 19th century, and just like the other types, they also come in a wide variety of styles and designs, which include the Bavarian chalet clock designs and the Black Forest ones.

Today, a cuckoo clock may come with other sound-making stuffs, such as fishes, soldiers, and other animals. The designs, shapes, and sizes of the cuckoo clocks may have evolved but the cuckoo mechanism has remained the same in all of them.

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