Cuckoo Clocks: A Story that You Might Ignore
Cuckoo clocks have long been home decor items for a number of reasons. They are evocative of German culture. They also resemble a charming house and provide a certain homey element that one usually associates with the idea of a family home. This travel souvenir from Germany has a long story that many who buy these clocks probably ignore.
The Story of the Cuckoo Clock
Apparently, the first to conceive the idea of the cuckoo clock was a German noble called Philipp Hainhofer. In a well-known music manual, Athanasius Kircher also described a mechanism that can well be linked to that of a cuckoo clock. However, the first cuckoo clock was crafted a century later in the region of the Black Forest. Information regarding the first artist to craft a cuckoo is imprecise and there is much speculation about it. Some people refer to two men from Furtwangen who got to know about a strange clock and replicated it. This clock became very popular among the clockmakers of the region, and they started producing this new model. According to another theory, the cuckoo clock is the child of a master clockmaker called Franz Anton Ketterer. Cuckoo clocks have traveled a long road since those old times. Nowadays, new models are being manufactured which differ from the traditional ones based on the country cottage design. However, their original mechanisms have been preserved. The new models feature geometric forms and tend to be flat losing their sculpted qualities. They are even produced in Switzerland. But if you want to buy an original one, your best bet is the Black Forest. This is a great travel souvenir to take back home.