8-Day Quail Cuckoo Clock Forestville

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  1. cshayne

    cshayne Registered User

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    I just purchased this Quail-Cuckoo, it is currently being shipped to me. Although it is the typical plainer case, the carving seems well executed. What I find interesting is the fact that it has an 8-day movement. Most of the models you typically see are 30-hour with quail, I have not come across this configuration. The movement appears to be early 20th century?, the plates have hex nuts, but I have seen these on a few examples as early as 1910's movements. I will post more pictures early this week when I get the clock to see if I can find a maker on the movement. From the photo the seller sent I can make out a stamp in the center bottom that says Forestville, possibly a date stamp just above the crutch loop as well. This obviously leads me to believe it is an American movement, I was unaware if any Cuckoos were manufactured in CT? I though I would put this out there and see if anyone may have any information on this one, it seems to be unusual.

    The comes with a full service history, I wish the original bellows were still there I would have recovered them but at least they are the correct wedge type. It is an astonishingly 24" tall case!

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  2. Andy Dervan

    Andy Dervan Registered User

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    Hello,

    That does not appear to be an American movement; I do not believe any American companies made cuckoo clocks.

    This is pull-up weight movement typically German not American.

    Andy Dervan
     
  3. harold bain

    harold bain Forums Administrator

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    I hope you won't be too disappointed to discover it is a 30 hour clock:whistle:
     
  4. cshayne

    cshayne Registered User

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    I am confused as to why it would be stamped Forestville. I agree the lyre style movement is German template. I think the American Cuckoo Clock Company imported clocks early on from Germany.
     
  5. cshayne

    cshayne Registered User

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    The weights look larger than the 30 hour and the seller said he pulls the weights up once a week and it runs all week. The clock is 24" tall for perspective. I guess I will find out when it arrives.
     
  6. Steven Thornberry

    Steven Thornberry User Administrator

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    FWIW, your clock looks very much like the one in this earlier thread. Note that information given in that thread mentions having Germany printed variously on the case and stamped in the middle of the movement. My eyes may deceive me, but is it possible that the last four letters of Germany are visible on your clock just about an inch or so above Forestville Clock Co.?

    So far as American-made cuckoos are concerned, we have seen one in this thread, an interesting study in itself.
     
  7. cshayne

    cshayne Registered User

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    Hi Steven,

    Thanks for the links, you are correct, that clock is almost identical, the only difference I see is a small difference under the tail of the top bird. It very well could be Germany on the plate, I should have the clock mid week and hope to uncover more. I almost thought it was a date stamp XX-Jan 1 but when I blow the photo up I was sent it is grainy, hard to tell at this point. I purchased it due to the fact it piqued my interest, I have not seen another. If It truly is an 8-day as well as the seller said it would be most unusual. Normally this style makes me think 1940-1950 era but the movement has a much earlier feel. Given the info from the other link it may very well be 40s from the Canadian company, very interesting!
     
  8. Tinker Dwight

    Tinker Dwight Registered User

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    If the count wheel is run from the chain wheel as can
    be seen in your picture, it is a one day movement.
    The count wheel looks to be about 78 teeth and the pinion
    mounted to the chain wheel is 12.
    The chain wheel would need to turn about 12 to 13 times in a 24
    hour period. That would be a lot of chain to run a week.
    Maybe he hung it at the top of a stair well.
    The nuts look like punched nuts. They were not used that much
    after WWI. The plates look to be ground cast which would also
    be more likely pre-WWI.
    I don't think the case or the movement were made outside of Germany.
    It was not that uncommon for some US firms to stamp movements that they
    imported and sold in the US or Canada.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  9. cshayne

    cshayne Registered User

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    Thanks for that info Dwight! Either way, one could hope for an 8-day which would be unusual but I wont be upset if its a 30-hr. I already have many 30hr clocks in my collection that have become a nightly winding ritual. Thank you for the info! I value everyone's opinion on here, I was hoping it would be on the early 20th century side. I;m going to guess the case will be marked Germany when I receive it.
     
  10. Tinker Dwight

    Tinker Dwight Registered User

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    It may not be marked. They were not a fussy
    about where is was made in the early part of the
    century.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  11. cshayne

    cshayne Registered User

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    Got the clock over the weekend, it is in great shape. Yes, it is a 30-hour but I'm OK with that. On the bottom of the dial it is marked Germany and on the back of the case in white letters as well. The movement does indeed have Germany listed as well above Forestville. So, we can assume it was made in Germany and stamped with a US name as mentioned earlier. A great clock though, happy to have it in the collection. Thanks to everyone for the info!
     
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