Miken Cuckoo

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  1. wow

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    I have several very old cuckoo clocks in my bone pile which i acquired from two now deceased clockmakers. The one pictured below (as found) is a Miken which is a maker I have never seen. Any help you can give me about the clock and it’s maker would be appreciated. Note the unusual mounting of the movement and the unusual shape of the case (not square). Thanks!

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    Miken were (are?) a Japanese clock firm.

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  3. JTD

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    Miken Clock Co. (Mi-Ken Ki-Ki Mfg. Co) were in business in Ishioka (Japan) in the 1950s/60s but are out of business now. There doesn't seem to be very much known about them.

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  5. JTD

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    It also says 'Made in Japan' on the movement back plate in a round stamp.

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  6. Willie X

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    These clocks are a good example of the very cheep stuff that came out of Japan in the 1950s. This was all to make a drastic change in the 1960s! Willie X
     
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    I can hardly wait for the next installment... Please, go on.

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  8. Willie X

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    Do names like: Seiko, Superscope, Sony, Toyota, Honda, Datsun, Mazda, etc. etc. etc. ring a bell? They were all unheard of in the 1050s. Willie X
     
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    Datsun? You're dating yourself.

    I thought you might be referencing "very cheap stuff" and was thrown off track by that.

    I also think the 60s might be a little early. I associate the rise of the small Japanese imports with the oil crisis of the early 70s, at the start of which I could fill my mini bike for a dime, but then started driving as prices spiked. That was painful in my wallet with only a part-time college job. But man, cup holders in a car? Now that's convenience.

    In the 60s, all I remember for imports were VWs, Fiats and Saabs...

    Fun to reminisce...

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  10. Willie X

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    Nope, they all looked like little easter eggs and were selling like hot cakes around the mid 60s. Honda was a few years later.

    Quality Japanese products started in the 1960s. Nothing but junkie stuff in the 1950s. Like little toy cars made from beer cans and clocks made with aluminum wheels. Some of these 50s occupied Japan products are very collectable today.

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