Authentic German Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks

Exquisite design and German craftsmanship quality are yours with every clock you purchase from our wide range of German Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks. We take pride in offering our customers the world’s finest timepieces at the lowest possible prices.

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Authentic German Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks

Exquisite design and German craftsmanship quality are yours with every clock you purchase from our wide range of German Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks. We take pride in offering our customers the world’s finest timepieces at the lowest possible prices.

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Cuckoo Forest

Cuckoo Forest is the premier online retailer of 100% original cuckoo clocks. Our handcrafted wooden clocks come straight from the Black Forest of Germany, where they are crafted by artisans using methods and techniques that have been handed down from master to apprentice since the middle ages.

BEFORE YOU BUY ANYWHERE ELSE, ASK YOURSELF IF THE CLOCK MEETS THESE STANDARDS:

  • Heirloom-quality craftmanship ensures that it will remain in your family for generations
  • Solid wood, artisan construction. Hand made from the finest materials
  • Authentic, air-driven bellows provide the famous cuckoo sound – not an electronic recording like some of our competitors use
  • Weights and mechanical gears make up the internal workings for accurate timekeeping. These are not clocks you plug into the wall
  • VDS Certified authenticity

Everything You Need to Know Before Buying An Authentic German Cuckoo Clock

We painstakingly examine each cuckoo clock that we offer to make certain that no matter which one you choose, it represents the finest in carving quality, works on the most reliable internal mechanics and is 100% authentic in every detail.

We also know that ordering products from overseas has the potential to be frustrating, so we go the extra mile to get your clock to you fast, safely and affordably. Most of our clocks ship within 24 hours. We offer you 100% free shipping – that means all taxes, tariffs and other costs are handled by us.

 

Your total satisfaction is the most important thing to us so we stand behind our clocks. If for any reason you aren’t absolutely thrilled by your new authentic black forest German cuckoo clock, we give you 20 days to return it with no questions asked for a complete refund

 

Imagine the feeling of owning a piece of craftsmanship that connects you to traditions hundreds of years old. Few things add such a completed feeling to a home as a handcrafted heirloom cuckoo clock.

German Cuckoo Clocks Made In Time

Once upon a time, hourglasses were the only available instruments for telling the time. That was before the people of German Bavaria laid their eyes on the first rudimentary clock from Czechoslovakia. It was a simple wood-beam clock which would completely change their world in the years that followed. The simple clock consisted of the following features:

 

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  • Wooden gears
  • A stone weight
  • No pendulum

 

Simple as it looked, it was worlds ahead when compared to the sundial or hourglass. Soon, the inhabitants of the German Black Forest area started making unpolished clocks. With time, they refined their art leading to the eventual invention of the German cuckoo clock.

 

Most of the work was done in winter when the people had very little or no other activity to do. In the summer, a trader carried the clocks and sold them throughout the known world. The popularity of the Black Forest cuckoo clock increased tremendously during that time.

 

Although miles ahead of the crude clock brought back to Germany by an hourglass peddler, Black Forest coocoo clocks were yet to attain the highest standards of the cuckoo clock. In fact, the people still referred to them as artist clocks.

 

That was before a small village dweller by the name of Friedrich Dilger went to advance his clock making knowledge in France. What he found were the more advanced skills and tools that were in use in the neighboring country. With the new technology, the genuine German cuckoo clock was born.

 

Soon after that, Franz Anton Ketterer made the very first German cuckoo clock in the tiny Schonwald village. Previously, clocks were made with features such as a cow with a butcher’s ax stuck in it, a skeleton to turn over the hourglass every hour, and dancers. As for Ketterer’s clock, it had the following features:

 

  • A cock that sounded ‘coo-coo’.
  • An ingenious running mechanism.
  • Twin bellows that sent air into miniature pipes to produce the sound.

 

This is what became known as the Black Forest kuku clock. It was intricately designed with villages specializing in making specific parts of the clock. Some would make the gears, others the casings, and the rest the elaborate woodcarvings. These different parts were then assembled to make cuckoo clocks.

 

Over the years, the clocks featured a number of themes with the most commonly used being the hunter theme. The clocks featured powder horns, deer heads, antlers, and hunting images.


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Along came the Bahnhausle Style in which the clocks featured images of wild grapevines. Their casings were made just like the lookout buildings of the Italian railroad tunnel builders. The modern German cuckoo clock borrows a lot from this design.

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