Big Cuckoo Clock From Germany
This is a resin fridge magnet souvenir of a Kuckucksuhr or Cuckoo Clock from Germany. A cuckoo clock is a clock that strikes the hours with a sound like a common cuckoo's call and typically has a mechanical cuckoo that emerges with each note. The mechanism to produce the cuckoo call was installed in almost every kind of cuckoo clock since the middle of the 18th century and has remained almost without variation until the present. Although cuckoo clocks are manufactured all over the world, for over 300 years the mechanical cuckoo clock has been strongly associated with the Black Forest region of Germany. However, when the Quartz crisis struck all types of mechanical clocks took a hard blow economically, with sales dwindling of comparatively expensive mechanical clocks. The handmade nature of the cuckoo clock also added to its expense and made it even less attractive in competition with factory made mass-produced Quartz movement cuckoo clocks flooding the market from all over the world.
First Cuckoo Clocks Were Not Made In The Black Forest, Germany
The legend that the c. clock was invented by a clever Black Forest mechanic in 1730 (Franz Anton Ketterer is not true. This type of clock is much older than clockmaking in the Black Forest. As early as 1650 the bird with the distinctive call was part of the reference book knowledge recorded in handbooks. It took nearly a century for the cuckoo clock to find its way to the Black Forest, where for many decades it remained a tiny niche product. Although the idea of placing an automaton cuckoo bird in a clock to announce the passing of time did not originate in the Black Forest, it is necessary to emphasize that the cuckoo clock as we know it today, comes from this region located in southwest Germany whose tradition of clockmaking started in the late 17th century. The Black Forest people who created the cuckoo clock industry developed it, and still come up with new designs and technical improvements which have made the cuckoo clock a valued work of art all over the world. In 1987 a syndicate was set up to protect traditional mechanical cuckoo clock making in the Triberg and Titisee-Neustadt regions. The Black Forest Clock Association issues authenticity certification to members of the association. Certification from the association is awarded only to mechanical clocks made entirely of wood (except the movements), with all essential parts produced in the Black Forest and that meet quality controls set by the association. The members of the association represent around 90% of all producers of Black Forest Clocks, the majority of the world's mechanical cuckoo clock manufacture. Clocks made by a company registered with the association are entitled to display the seal on their products.