I resently bought a Cuckoo clock from Germany. The clock has a wood plate movement and is marked in the front as : "I.H". Can somebody help me in identifying the maker and In turn determine the age of the clock.
I don't know who I.H. may be (and bear in mind that I and J is often interchangeable in German). Someone else may recognise it and come to help.
However, the owner's (?) name written on the back was Hans Billmann, Altziegenrueck. Altziegenrueck is a sub-division or hamlet, part of the small town municipality of Markt Erlbach in Bavaria. I don't know why the name Billmann appears twice with two different dates 1966 and 15.7.1979. Below the two wheels appear the words 'Die Uhr ist.....' (the clock is...) but I can't see the last word clearly.
I wonder who painted the leaves green........Have you got the rest of the clock movement, hands, cuckoo etc.?
yes I have the hands and cuckoo.. The hands are brass and the cuckoo had come loose from the base..here are the rest of the pics..
There are a few more writing on the inside of the case..I shall post the same today..
To bad the crown is broken. You'd have to look quite a while
to find one of similar design. It looks to have been a bird. That
case is nicely crafted. I'm guessing around 1880.
I see the bellows but no flutes?
Just for the sake of completeness I should perhaps add something about the spelling of two of the words:
Altziegenrueck and Bluemling.
In these two words the letter 'u' with an Umlaut (two dots) appears but I cannot write that on this keyboard, so I kept to the traditional use of an 'e' following the 'u'. However, with a German keyboard the two words would be Altziegenruck and Blumling, with an Umlaut on the 'u' in both words.
That's just in case your seller sees the Umlauts and wonders why they don't appear in what I have written.
It would usually be like the one to the right in your
picture but the style might be a little different.
It is not a design I've seen before but likely wings
up as though ready to take off.