Unusual cuckoo clock weights

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  1. Neslarc

    Neslarc Registered User

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    I repaired this cuckoo clock for a friend. There is nothing unusual about the clock but it has what appear to be leather tubes filled with sand for weights. Are these cuckoo clock weights? I can't find anything about this type of weight to disprove that theory. They weigh approximately 420 grams.
    Thanks for looking.

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  2. JTD

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    Are you sure they are leather? From your photos they look more like metal covered with something, but maybe it's just the light. I don't think they are original, but if they do the job............

    Otherwise get some standard cuckoo weights (pine cones) if you want to replace them.

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  3. The Treasured Clock

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    What JTD has said. Typically later cuckoo clocks has iron pine cone weights that are usually standard that came with them.
     
  4. Willie X

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    Nes,
    Weights should never rub each other. Probably someone's improvisation. But, if you like them and they work, what th hey ... Willie X
     
  5. Neslarc

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    #5 Neslarc, Sep 23, 2018
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    They work even though they touch. These are old weights and are manufactured, not homemade. Here is a closer view of the bottoms so you can see how they are made. The wire loop at the top was beginning to pull through the old leather so I filled the opening with epoxy. You can squeeze the sides to the extent the sand allows.

    I've never seen a cuckoo clock come with weights other than cast iron pine cones. If these weights were "borrowed" from another clock what type of clock could that be?

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  6. Jim DuBois

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    I suspect the weights are off a Blackforest wag on the wall movement....

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  7. Neslarc

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    I think you may have hit the nail on the head. Thank you for your insight.
     
  8. Willie X

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    Jim's weights are cast iron and probably weigh much more than 15 ounces.
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  9. Jim DuBois

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    Yes, those are cast iron and since the 2nd clock is 8 day the weights are a bit over 8 pounds each. My point is these black forest clocks are the only place I have seen leather covered weights and that was only on one clock...ever...since cuckoos come from the same part of the world it made some sense to me to suggest they could be original to the clock...but on a sample size of one I could be quite wrong.
     
  10. Willie X

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    Jim,
    I see. You were thinking about the weights being origanil to the cuckoo. I was thinking transplanted. Maybe a better photo of the cuckoo's case would help.
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