Cuckoo clock movement age

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  1. CJo

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    1.jpg 2.jpg 3.jpg 4.jpg 5.jpg I have been working on this cuckoo clock (way too long), and was wondering if anyone would be able to tell me the approximate year for the movement. The plates are 3.0 mm thick. I have included the case, which I'm sure is original to the movement. The clock was found in a storage unit. Thanks
     
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    Thought I would add a couple of pics of the music box, made in Switzerland. I hadn't noticed the anchor till now. 11.jpg 12.jpg
     
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    Well, it's old. Hard to come up with a reasonable year date, but I believe you're looking at a time period before the 1940's, and perhaps WWI era.
     
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    I don't think it's that old. The case, both inside and out, looks a whole lot newer than that to me.

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    I was looking at the movement more than the case. It's certainly possible that it has been married with a more recent case ;)
    Since it's an old style count wheel movement, I'm guessing it's from the time period I mentioned.
     
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    Thank you very much for your input. I think, also that the movement is old because of the way it was made, but the case did throw me, so I wasn't sure. Could be a marriage.
     
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    Yes. The clock has been refitted to a newer case.
     
  8. Burkhard Rasch

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    I´d guess both mvmt. and case are 50ies,latest 60ies, definitely post WW II ,mostly per the style and staining of the case.The movement is of good quality,thick plates,cut pinions and the music mvmt. is by one of the most famous makers.
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    Weren't they mostly using rack and snail by then, Burkhard?
     
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    mostly Yes,e.g. Regula and Schatz ,but I for example recall a M.Bäuerle ships bell clock made in the 60ies with count wheel.I don´t know wether this applies to cucoo mvmts,too.
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    Just got a book on Black Forest Clocks (Schwarzwald Uhren). Your movement is a musical clock to accommodate the music box. How many days does it run before another winding? The frame or plate with the lyre pattern is found frequently. So, it was also in continued use way past the second World War. An example of a clock case looks remotely similar to the one you have in the picture you have attached. The hunter motif case has been dated around 1900, so it maybe before World War 1. I do not know for sure when the rack and snail system was used in cuckoo clocks. However, this was used in other clocks for the strike train as a means in allowing the hours to be counted. Again, if this motif is repeated, the clock could be rather new, post World War 2 or later.

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    Doubt that it was any later than the fifties. Sixties could perhaps still be possible.
     

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