Another gorgeous variation on the exposed bird Beha cuckoo clocks. A wall version.

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    #1 ANTIQUECUCKOOCLOCK.ORG, Nov 22, 2015
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    This is another Black forest cuckoo clock of extreme rarity.
    Ca 1870, made by Johann Baptist Beha.
    Several features set it far apart from most others. Its about 35" tall and in a magnificent carved Gothic case. Its full carved, sides included. An 8" carved dial, featuring very unusual original cartouche numerals and brass hands.. Very unusual on a wood dial to see brass hands.
    What makes this clock special is its cuckoo bird. At near life size, the bird sits on top of the case, and bows and moves his beak on the strike.
    Known as an "exposed bird", he's got carved full body feathers. Featuring a massive twin fusee 8 day wooden movement seen here in stunning original condition. This WAS the only known example of this clock found....










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    See more rare pieces like this on our website Antiquecuckooclock.org
     
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    Re: Another gorgeous variation on the exposed bird Beha cuckoo clocks. A wall version

    Until last year this clock was the only known example of this clock, it was thought that it was the only one made. We found a twin to it in Germany and brought them together. Each clock has slight variations, but very similar. to date these are the only 2 like them known.


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    Re: Another gorgeous variation on the exposed bird Beha cuckoo clocks. A wall version

    :) :)
     
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    Re: Another gorgeous variation on the exposed bird Beha cuckoo clocks. A wall version

    Any idea if there were more at one time that just disappeared with time, ACC? Pretty cool to have something unique like that if they were just singles.
     
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    Re: Another gorgeous variation on the exposed bird Beha cuckoo clocks. A wall version

    Well thank you kindly Shutterbug. There were only a small handful of exposed bird clocks made.
    They are a real "holy grail" piece for most collectors. We have access to nearly complete factory (Beha) records, and they only showed one made in this style. But then.... the other turned up.
    All total, examples of exposed bird cuckoo clocks known, in any style case number less than maybe a dozen. A couple were made by other makers. PHS being one. several of the known examples are one off. The table example I shared, we know for sure its the only one ever made.
    Justin has another that is the only one made. Its a big bird exposed cuckoo with echo complication and turned "natural call" pipes. in THAT configuration, its the only one, but its strikingly similar to the one on the cover of his book. Another fine example of which 4 are known. 2 Beha and 2 Ketterer.
    The ketterer examples in that case style are father and son made :) .
    One made Ca 1870, The other later 1890's and by Theodore and one by Aron Ketterer. Both are strictly modeled after the Beha example.
    :) neat stuff.
     

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