There is a beautifully carved wooden bird perched atop the clock looking as though he is ready to take flight. The wooden dial has a woodtone backdrop and features white Roman numerals to mark the hours and a pair of matching, fancy hands to point out the time.
The dial also bears the "Made in Germany" name just below center. The back door is wood too and secured with a metal latch.
It removes to allow access to the all metal, mechanical, weight driven movement produced by "Regula" and bearing the Germany point of origin too. A weight driven movement simply means that the chains need to be pulled about every week or so or as often as you wish to wind the clock and cuckoo activity.
The bellow or whistle tubes are intact and the tops look good and make good sound. At the bottom of each hour, a colorful bird opens the small door above the dial and stands in the doorway. He gives off a single cuckoo sound in tandem with a coiled cathedral chime inside the case and then retreats back inside and closes the door. The bird reappears at the top of the hour and correctly cuckoos and chimes the current hour before going back inside the case and closing the door behind him; absolutely fascinating!This clock also has a metal lever on the left side of the case that allows you to enable or disable the chiming and cuckoo activity as you wish which is a great feature for light sleepers or when company is in town. The clock works just fine here, keeps good time, and cuckoos well too. But keep in mind this is an old clock, not a new one and it seems to be working pretty well here for a 35 year-old clock but clocks do require maintenance. We don't know the service history though the movement does show signs of past service but nonetheless, we always advise our clock customers to service their vintage or antique clocks at least once every three years. Doing so will preserve a classic clock like this one and keep it running strong for years to come.
The clock comes complete as shown with two sets of attached metal chains, a fancy grape leaf pendulum, and two very heavy pinecone shaped metal weights. I've looked the clock over fairly well and can't find much in the way of wear and no issues. It is a breathtaking clock with a stunning patina and is just gorgeous on display! This clock is a wonderful look back at the greatness of Black Forest workmanship and is certain to capture the imagination of anyone seeing or hearing it in your home, office or wherever it is that you care to showcase a magnificent, unique, 8 day mechanical Black Forest timepiece with a solid history behind it.If you like this item and I'm sure you do, then I know you'll love the other items. Check back frequently since we're listing a lot of antique/vintage items as time allows! We'd be glad to send more pictures if available; just ask! My wife and I have been accumulating lots of nice antiques and other collectors items over the years. But now is a good time to start clearing out the things we no longer wish to keep. We do all that we can to accurately describe each item to the best of our ability. Be sure to add commits to your favorites list.