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My first cuckoo clock - help

Gage_robertson_collector

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I just picked up this cuckoo clock today for 20 dollars. I have no knowledge on cuckoo clocks and I was hoping someone could help me out. My first question is, is it valuable? is it worth restoring? What should I do first? Like I said I have no clue about the history of cuckoo clocks so any info is greatly appreciated. Thanks! 13505D3A-3F31-4BBA-8652-9899C651CB36.jpeg 4C67806E-4052-4A06-A4FD-88585A23C93F.jpeg 7829A7A4-5A42-4C27-8D80-26DBFDE71344.jpeg A2A89CA5-E81B-4834-B31B-D6E292278974.jpeg 11073BF1-C9A9-4623-AF70-8FFD75C0D759.jpeg 58C0056C-A458-4558-8E59-976F30CEAE8F.jpeg
 

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What is written on the lower part of the backplate?

Even with magnification, it is not legible to me.

Regards.
 

Schatznut

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Very nice old clock. These have a much better sounding music box, in my opinion. (Than the modern clocks)
I agree with Dave. You've scored a nice one. The movement looks very clean relative to the rest of the insides, which suggests it may have been overhauled (or at least cleaned) sometime in the not-too-distant past. How does the music movement connect to the rest of the works? I can't tell from the pictures. That piece of scrap iron on the worm gear shaft looks totally out of place. Twenty bucks is a steal for the amount of fun you're going to have with this one!
 

Gage_robertson_collector

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I agree with Dave. You've scored a nice one. The movement looks very clean relative to the rest of the insides, which suggests it may have been overhauled (or at least cleaned) sometime in the not-too-distant past. How does the music movement connect to the rest of the works? I can't tell from the pictures. That piece of scrap iron on the worm gear shaft looks totally out of place. Twenty bucks is a steal for the amount of fun you're going to have with this one!
UPDATE - I got the clock running and I found a nice little place for it on my bedroom wall. Looks quite nice after a good cleanup of the case. The only thing that will need to be repaired is the antlers on the top of the deer head, I have one of them, which I can just glue back on, but i only have a small piece of the other one. Unfortunatly, because the weights are so long, I cannot have the clock running properly on my wall without the antlers (as they are now) touching the cieling, so I will probably just leave it and keep the broken pieces in a bag nearby. Musical feature plays a variation of 'The Blue Danube' and, simultaneously, the right door opens on the cuckoo, and the birds mouth opens, and the little man pops out on the left when the music plays. It is a 24 hour clock judging by how quickly the weights run down the chains. Seems to be running perfectly and I haven't really done a major service, I just cleaned the case and got some of the cobwebs out of the inside. 270C2996-538C-4250-A29D-69487DDB1C23.jpeg 05FD64F6-5181-4552-A2D2-C86225E6F79B.jpeg 539171B9-ACAE-49D0-9992-32A9ED1937D6.jpeg 5555D970-1DCC-4068-8CB9-823697991622.jpeg
 

Dave T

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I agree with Dave. You've scored a nice one. The movement looks very clean relative to the rest of the insides, which suggests it may have been overhauled (or at least cleaned) sometime in the not-too-distant past. How does the music movement connect to the rest of the works? I can't tell from the pictures. That piece of scrap iron on the worm gear shaft looks totally out of place. Twenty bucks is a steal for the amount of fun you're going to have with this one!
Not my clock, but.. the piece of scrap iron is the fan, and the music box is gear driven through the worm gear. This type clock has a larger fan than most. Not sure if this one has been re-fabricated, but probably not.
 

Willie X

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You might change your mind after a few nights of lost sleep!

The "little man" is often called the 'music man', or the 'zither player' if he has a zither on his knees.

Your clock was probably made a few years either side of 1950.

Willie X
 

Gage_robertson_collector

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You might change your mind after a few nights of lost sleep!

The "little man" is often called the 'music man', or the 'zither player' if he has a zither on his knees.

Your clock was probably made a few years either side of 1950.

Willie X
I have it in a hallway near my bedroom is what I meant to say, I dont even hear it when I go to bed! Not sure it would bother me still though, I love the sound of these old clocks.

- Gage
 

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If the writing indeed reads "US-Zone" the date of manufacture can be precised to 1945-1949, when the three western "zones" of Germany founded the Federal Republic of Germany while the Russian occupied eastern zone became the so called German Democratic republic.The good quality of the movement and other features typical for the 20ies-30ies let me think it was produced from "left-overs" of the pre-WW II products since the immediate post war products usualy were of lower than standard quality due to restricted supply of materials.
A nice Cuckoo and Thorens was the premium maker of music box movements (and high end tuntables for analog discs)
Burkhard
 

Gage_robertson_collector

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If the writing indeed reads "US-Zone" the date of manufacture can be precised to 1945-1949, when the three western "zones" of Germany founded the Federal Republic of Germany while the Russian occupied eastern zone became the so called German Democratic republic.The good quality of the movement and other features typical for the 20ies-30ies let me think it was produced from "left-overs" of the pre-WW II products since the immediate post war products usualy were of lower than standard quality due to restricted supply of materials.
A nice Cuckoo and Thorens was the premium maker of music box movements (and high end tuntables for analog discs)
Burkhard
Very interesting. Thanks Burkhard.
 

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I didn't notice anywhere that you said you oiled the pivots. It needs that as a minimum. Nice clock.
 

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