German Age of Cuckoo

Ron Roberts

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I have thought that cuckoo clocks that have side doors as shown in the picture are older than the ones that do not have side doors or fake doors. Is this correct? Is there means of estimating age of cuckoo clocks?

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new2clocks

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I have thought that cuckoo clocks that have side doors as shown in the picture are older than the ones that do not have side doors or fake doors. Is this correct? Is there means of estimating age of cuckoo clocks?

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I am not sure of the side door issue, but a picture of the backplate might assist in dating the clock.

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Willie X

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I think I see a plastic whistle top peeping out there. That too would limit the low end to around the mid 60s. Still need a movement photo in order to arrive at a plausible date of manufacturer. Willie X
 

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Hi,

Most cuckoo clocks, of all ages, have side doors. I've seen many similar examples to yours and based on the style and quality of carving, it was made in the 1920's, possibly 1930's. The bellows could well have been replaced, they look very fresh to me The post-WW2 examples are often more colourful, and of lesser quality in my opinion. 1960's is definitely too late. If you look at the movement, you should find bolted plates indicating an earlier configuration, and perhaps even a stamp.

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Willie X

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Could be ... it does have that smooth dark look to the carving, usually seen on earlier clocks. One good movement photo will tell the tale. Willie X
 

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I date it post WWII and pre-1960 due to the fact that it is all hand carved. In the '60's most makers started using powered sanders and shapers to add relief to the carvings. It appears to me also that the whistles are replacements. Too bad it's missing it's top, but still pretty. I like the analog dial, which is wood. Is this a 1-day clock?
 

Ron Roberts

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Here is photo of movement and weights. When I first saw this clock I thought it might be an 8-day movement, but it is a 30-hour movement.

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