Novelty Cuckoo Clocks Make Focal Points In Your House
Cuckoo clocks are great novelty clocks to have to your home. Cuckoo clocks, resembling chalet houses, use weights and a pendulum to keep time and sound out a cuckoo’s call every hour through bellows. These carved, collectible clocks originated in the Black Forest region of Germany where talents of carpenters and clock makers combined to form the distinctive timepieces. Most cuckoo clocks have folksy mechanical parts, such as a bird popping out from a window or a lumberjack chopping at a tree. The first cuckoo clocks were created by Franz Ketterer in 1738 when he attempted to impersonate the distinctive two-tone call of the local cuckoo bird using bellows, rather than bells or chimes. He mounted the innards on a miniature, ornate wooden house looking like the surrounding chalets and thus began a long tradition of crafting cuckoo clocks in the region.
Of course, the most notable feature of cuckoo clocks are sunny birds and their accompanying call. On the hour, and sometimes half hour, an upper window in the chalet bursts open, allowing a tiny bird to jolt out and chirp the proper number of notes to announce the time. Other mechanized parts may also surge into activity, such as two lumberjacks sawing a log, a farmer woman churning butter, a dog chasing a squirrel, a blacksmith hammering an anvil, or a lover appearing at a window for a serenade.