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  1. Benjamin Berislavich

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    Hello,
    Any help with identification of this clock I picked up as a souvenir of my latest trip would be greatly appreciated. It's in rough shape, but has so much character I couldn't resist bringing it back to life. Of course, the gentlemen mentioned he had the topper, weights and pendulum in his basement when i purchased it but i haven't heard back yet.
    So I'm in the market for the above if it's possible to match closely.
    I've found a few Cuckoos that look similar on ebay, but i'd rather ask the experts. What'd I get myself into?
    Thanks for your time,
    Ben

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  2. Uhralt

    Uhralt Registered User
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    Not a bad find. The label on the back of the clock is probably the importer's label, so it doesn't say much about who made the clock. It looks German to me and has one of the older movements that are much better quality than what you can buy today. Definitely worth restoring. Weights and pendulums often show up on ebay. For the pendulum, pick one with a rather long rod (wooden stick), as you don't know how long it should be. You can always shorten the rod if necessary. With regard to the weights, others who have worked with this kind of movement will be able to tell you how heavy they should be. I would expect between 600 and 800 grams, but wait for the experts to chime in. The topper will be the most difficult to find. They also show up on ebay, but you need the dimensions of clock and topper to see if they fit. There are many different sizes.

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  3. shutterbug

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    I rotated your pics for easier viewing ;)
     
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  4. Willie X

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    I would spend some time and try to retreve the original parts ... Willie
     
  5. Uhralt

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    Of course! My recommendations were made under the assumption that they won't show up.

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  6. Benjamin Berislavich

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    I plan to reach out to the seller again after the holidays. I've only texted, and while reflecting on the purchase I remembered the receipt was not in English. A phone call or another visit would probably be best. :)
     
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    I searched through several catalogs of cuckoo clock manufacturers from 1900-1910 and haven't found the exact match. Somewhat close example was in the Kienzle 1908 catalog (in attachment), just for you to know how the top should look like.

    Best regards,
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    There's a video somewhere on Youtube that shows how cuckoo's are made. Each one is unique because they are carved by hand. Perhaps a good wood carver could make one from your pic. Might be worth a try.
     
  9. Willie X

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    Generally speaking, there's no replacing a top piece on an old cuckoo, once lost. You have an outside chance finding one for a newer (machine made) cuckoo. WIllie X
     
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    Yes, it is probably hard to find a replacement even on the auction sites, but a proper matching replacement can be made, so all hope is not lost. Here is an example:

    Clock Repair & Restoration Carving Repair

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  12. Benjamin Berislavich

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    Still no luck finding replacement parts for the clock, I've found a couple complete clocks from that era of 1890s. It seems they have a rod type pendulum with larger weights but no pictures I can find show a hint at the size of weights used or length of pendulum.
    Any new thoughts maybe? Just putting it out there to catch another wisdom/cuckoo expert.
     
  13. JimmyOz

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    I have attached a photo, the weights would be about 1kg each on an 8 day movement and about 420 grams on a 1 day movement from that era.
    The pendulum set up may look like the one on the right and the one on the left can be used however it is later. The length of the pendulum? it will be trial and error maybe start with the rod about 300mm long and work it from their.
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