The Original Black Forest Cuckoo Clock: Timeless, Unique and Handcrafted!

The world-famous Black Forest cuckoo clock originated in the 17th century, however the carved-house form which most of us recognise today, with its chalet style form and slanted roof, first became a popular souvenir in the 19th century. The cuckoo clock is named as such because of the acoustic bird sound that can be heard every hour. This "cuckoo call" is traditionally generated by a pair of organ pipes at different heights inside the clock. Depending on the design, a small door will open on the front of the cuckoo clock each hour and a little mechanical cuckoo carved from wood will come out as the cuckoo noise sounds. Many cuckoo clocks also offer additional action from some of their adorning elements, such as moving figurines or rotating dancers. Traditional cuckoo clocks are mechanically powered by two or three chains with weights attached, plus a pendulum. The clock is wound by gently winding each chain once a day or once in eight days.

At Herrmann Geschenke, you will find an extensive range of original Black Forest cuckoo clocks, available in various designs and different price ranges. Our assortment includes 1-day cuckoo clocks and also models that run for 8-days. Choose your personal favourite- we guarantee that all of our Black Forest cuckoo clocks include the highest-quality mechanisms and are handcrafted in Germany to the highest standard corresponding to 200 years of tradition. This quality is proved by a special certificate of quality from the "Verein der Schwarzwalduhr (VdS)", which is included with every Black Forest cuckoo clock we sell.

Here you can find more information about our partners, the companies "Anton Schneider Söhne GmbH" and Hekas – Helmut Kammerer Clocks, two of the best-known manufacturers of Black Forest cuckoo clocks from Schonach in the Black Forest.

Original Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks with 1-Day Mechanism

(24 hour running time)

An important difference between various cuckoo clocks, aside from their varying levels of detail and diverse outer appearances, is their running time. Herrmann Geschenke offers many wonderful cuckoo clocks with a 24-hour (1-day) mechanism, in various designs and price ranges. Let yourself be surprised by our wide range of cuckoo clocks and then choose your personal favourite! The running time of a cuckoo clock can be determined by the size of its weights. Cuckoo clocks with a 24-hour mechanism have small weights. The number of weights is also significant: It is worth noting that a mechanical cuckoo clock with two weights offers the traditional cuckoo sound, whereas a clock with three weights offers not only the traditional cuckoo sound, but also additional music as well.

No. 14-05-111

Hight12“
Movement1 Day
Music2 melodies alternately playing at the full and half hour
Happy Wanderer and Edelweiß
Moving PartsDancers, 4 Beerdrinkers, Mill Wheel, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesWooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-40-106

Hight12“
Movement1 Day
MusicNo
Moving PartsCuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesWooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-05-182

Hight10“
Movement1 Day
Musicno
Moving PartsCuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesWooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-05-210

Hight12“
Movement1 Day
Music2 melodies alternately playing at the full and half hour
Happy Wanderer and Edelweiß
Moving PartsTeeter-Totter, Dancers, Mill-Wheel, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offja
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesBlackforest Chalet, Detailed children figurines, Wooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-05-215

Hight15,5“
Movement1 Day
Musicno
Moving PartsBear, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesWooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-05-217

Hight12“
Movement1 Day
Musicno
Moving PartsCat, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesGoose, Girl, Wooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-05-220

Hight16“
Movement1 Day
Music2 melodies alternately playing at the full and half hour
In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus and Trink Brüderlein trink
Moving PartsBeerdrinker, Beertapster, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offAutomatic
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesBlackforest Chalet, Chimney Sweeper, Wooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-05-221

Hight10“
Movement1 Day
Musicno
Moving PartsBlacksmith, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesHorse, Wooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-40-101

Hight13"
Movement1 Day
Musicno
Moving partsWoodcutter, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesWooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-40-102

Hight10“
Movement1 Day
Musicno
Moving PartsCuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesDog, Wooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-40-107 – Special limited edition – available only at Herrmann Geschenke. Only 500 pieces worldwide.

Hight15,75“
Movement1 Day
Music2 melodies alternately playing at the full and half hour
Happy Wanderer and Edelweiß
Moving PartsDancers, Beerdrinker, Mill Wheel, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesBeergarden szenery, Waitress with beer barell, Wooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-40-110

Hight14“
Movement1 Day
Musik2 melodies alternately playing at the full hour
Happy Wanderer and Edelweiß
Moving PartsDancers, Woodsawyers, Mill Wheel, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesWell, Wooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-40-123

Hight10,23“
Movement1 Day
Musicno
Moving PartsWoodchopper, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full an half hour
Other FeaturesWooden Dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo, Dog

Nr. 14-41-100

Height x Width x Depth7,8 x 5,5 x 4,35"
Movement1 Day
ColourGrey
Night shut offYes, manual
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesFeatures engraved deer

Nr. 14-41-101

Height7,7"
Movement1 Day
ColourBlack
Night shut offYes, manual
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesEngraved leafs, handcarved roof

Nr. 14-41-102

Height7,7"
Movement1 Day
ColourWhite
Night shut offYes, manual
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
OtherEngraved leafs, handcarved roof

Nr. 14-41-103

Height7,7"
Movement1 Day
ColourRed
Night shut offYes, manual
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
OtherEngraved leafs, handcarved roof

How do you wind a 1-day Cuckoo Clock?

Cuckoo clocks with a 1-day mechanism need to be wound once every 24 hours. Over 24 hours, the cuckoo clock weights will gradually move downwards. As with certain other mechanical clocks, the chains must then be gently pulled by hand until the weights are once again resting at the top (therefore sitting directly under the body of the clock). The running time on this type of clock may be slightly shorter than on those with a spring-mechanism; however this is certainly compensated by the fact that you can easily determine when the clock needs winding simply by the position of its weights, along with the fact that it is not possible to damage these clocks through over-winding.

Original Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks with an 8-Day Mechanism

(192 hours running time)

Alongside our 1-day cuckoo clocks, Herrmann Geschenke also offers beautiful and original Black Forest cuckoo clocks with an 8-day mechanism and a running time of 192 hours. We stock these clocks in a variety of different models and price ranges. All of our cuckoo clocks are handcrafted and rich in detail, with various special effects and designs. We are sure you will find a favourite here! An 8-day clock can be recognised by the size of its weights, which are heavy and large in size. The number of weights is also significant: It is worth noting that a mechanical cuckoo clock with two weights offers the traditional cuckoo sound, whereas a clock with three weights offers not only the traditional cuckoo sound, but also additional music as well.

No. 14-05-100

Hight22,5“
Movement 8 Days
Music2 melodies alternately playing at the full hour
Happy Wanderer and Edelweiß
Moving PartsDancers, Woodcutter, Woodsawyer, Mill Wheel, Coachman, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offAutomatically
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesBlackforest Chalet, Wooden shingles, Visable Mechanics, Wooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-05-131

Hight19“
Movement8 Days
Musicno
Moving PartsCuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesWooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-05-216 – Clock of the Year 2014

Hight20,5“
Movement8 Days
Music2 melodies alternately playing at the full hour
In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus und Trink Brüderlein trink
Moving PartsDancers, Cardplayers, Bierdrinkers, Mill Wheel, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offAutomatically
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesBlackforest Chalet, Wooden shingles, Waitress, Wooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-05-218

Hight14,5“
Movement8 Days
Music2 melodies alternately playing at the full hour
Happy Wanderer and Edelweiß
Moving PartsDancers, Beerdrinker, Waitress, Mill Wheel, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offAutomatically
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesBlackforest Chalet, Wooden shingles, Wooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-05-219

Hight16“
Movement8 Days
Music2 melodies alternately playing at the full hour
Happy Wanderer and Edelweiß
Moving PartsDancers, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesBlackforest Chalet, Waitress, Beerdrinker, Lovers, Cat, Dog, Wooden shingles, Wooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-40-109

Hight13“
Movement8 Days
Musicno
Moving PartsWoodcutter, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesWooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

2 No. 14-40-111

Hight22"
Movement8 Days
Music

2 melodies alternately playing at the full hour
Happy Wanderer and Edelweiß

Moving partsDancers, Woodcutter, Mill Wheel, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offAutomatically
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesBlackforest Chalet, Wooden shingles, Belltower, Boars, Wooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-40-112

Hight21"
Movement8 Days
Music

2 melodies alternately playing at the full hour
Happy Wanderer and Edelweiß

Moving partsDancers, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesWooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-40-113

Hight17"
Movement8 Days
Music

no

Moving partsCuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesFountain, German shepherd, Man who plays an alpine horn, Flagpole with bavarian flag, Wooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-40-114

Hight30"
Movement8 Days
Music

2 melodies alternately playing at the full hour
Happy Wanderer and Edelweiß

Moving partsDancers, Woodcutter, Mill Wheel, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offAutomatically
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesBlackforest Chalet, Wooden shingles, Belltower, Hunter, Deer, Roe deers, Wooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-40-115 - Special limited edition – available only at Herrmann Geschenke. Only 500 pieces worldwide.

Hight23"
Movement8 Days
Music

2 melodies alternately playing at the full hour
Happy Wanderer and Edelweiß

Moving partsDancers, Mill Wheel, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offAutomatically
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesBlackforest Chalet, Belltower, Bavarian Dancing Couple, Accordion player, German Shepherd, Wooden dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

Special limited edition – available only at Herrmann Geschenke. Only 500 pieces worldwide.

No. 14-40-121

Hight29,92“ only the clock without Pendulum and weights
Movement8 Day
Music2 melodies alternately playing at the full and half hour
Moving PartsDancers, Mill Wheel, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offAutomatic  9 p.m. – 7.30 a.m
CuckooCalls every full an half hour
Other FeaturesSheppard, Dog, Cows, Wooden cuckoo, Wooden Dial, Wooden Fingers, Handmade shingles, Extra deep carvings

No. 14-40-122

Hight14,17“
Movement8 Day
Music2 melodies alternately playing at the full and half hour
Happy wanderer and Edelweiss
Moving PartsDancers, Mill Wheel, Woodchopper, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full an half hour
Other FeaturesWooden Dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo

No. 14-40-124

Hight12,99“
Movement8 Day
Music2 melodies alternately playing at the full and half hour
Happy wanderer and Edelweiss
Moving PartsDancers, Beertrinker, Cuckoo, Pendulum
Night shut offyes
CuckooCalls every full an half hour
Other FeaturesWooden Dial, Wooden fingers, Wooden cuckoo, Dog

Nr. 14-41-104

Height x Width x Depth10 x 11,5 x 6,7"
Movement8 Days
ColourBlack
Night shut offYes, manual
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesFeatures Visible Mechanics

Nr. 14-41-105

Height x Width x Depth10 x 11,5 x 6,7"
Movement8 Days
ColourRed
Night shut offYes, manual
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesFeatures Visible Mechanics

Nr. 14-41-106

Height x Width x Depth7,9 x 8,7 x 5,1"
Movement8 Days
ColourRed
Night shut offYes, manual
CuckooCalls every full and half hour

Nr. 14-41-107

Height x Width16 x 10"
Movement8 Days
ColourBrushed wood
Night shut offYes, manual
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesWooden dear antler

Nr. 14-41-108

Height x Width16 x 10"
Movement8 Days
ColourBlack red gold
Night shut offYes, manual
CuckooCalls every full and half hour
Other FeaturesWooden dear antler

Nr. 14-41-109

Height x Width x Depth7,5 x 6,3 x 5,5"
Movement8 Days
ColourRed
Night shut offYes, manual
CuckooCalls every full and half hour

How do you wind an 8-Day Cuckoo Clock?

Cuckoo clocks with an 8-day mechanism need to be wound once every eight days. Over the course of eight days, the cuckoo clock weights will gradually move downwards. As with certain other mechanical clocks, the chains must then be gently pulled by hand until the weights are once again resting at the top (therefore sitting directly under the body of the clock). The running time on this type of clock may be slightly shorter than on those with a spring-mechanism; however this is certainly compensated by the fact that you can easily determine when the clock needs winding simply by the position of its weights, along with the fact that it is not possible to damage these clocks through over-winding.

Traditional Manufacturing

Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks from Anton Schneider Söhne GmbH & Co and Hekas Uhren.

Anton Schneider began producing cuckoo clocks in a farmhouse in Schonach in the Black Forest back in 1848. The company is now in its sixth generation and has been producing high-quality, original cuckoo clocks in its current location since 1952. In the years between 1952 and 1985, the company's small workshop became a very modern factory. Today, Anton Schneider und Söhne GmbH & co is one of the most modern and largest cuckoo clock factories in the Black Forest. It is an old tradition for the cuckoo clocks to be carved and finished completely by hand. With a great attention to detail and a lot of skill and precision, these qualified clockmakers create cuckoo clocks that bring about joy and appreciation worldwide.

Whether you admire cuckoo clocks in their most simple state, or prefer those decorated with little carved figurines and moving scenery, the catalogue by Anton Schneider currently offers over 300 models to choose from, in sizes from 19cm to 300cm, therefore providing something to satisfy everyone's wishes.

The mechanism inside the clock comes from the clockwork company "REGULA", recognisable through the following marks of quality: 

  • Well-engineered and extremely service-friendly construction
  • Manuel or automatic sound switch-off
  • Long life and accurate
  • Corrosion-resistant chains
  • Long-term lubrication through the use of a fully synthetic, age-resistant oil
  • Permanent clockwork optimisation through long-term testing
  • More than 50 "REGULA" service partners worldwide means easy repairs, during and even after the guarantee period.

 

HEKAS was established in 1938 by Mr. Helmut Kammerer. In 1981 the company management was handed over to Mr. Rolf Kammerer, and now in the third generation since 1998 Mr. Uwe Kammerer will be continuing to take over parts of the company's repornsibility. 

To be well prepared for this work, Mr. Kammerer junior started in becoming a wood-mechanic, to be followed of his professional aim to be a toolmaker. After having succeeded in both these tasks, he did his studies at the clock-makers-college of Furtwangen. 

They are working in our own carpenter workshop, doing here the case production and the production of the blanks for the wood carvings, having thus the guarantee that the clocks are originally and entirely produced in the Black Forest. As in the past as well as nowadays the wood carvings have to be carried out by very skilled and experienced craftsmen, warranting so, that all our HEKAS clocks are handmade. 

It is one of their main principles that they care at any time with their entire attention for the perfect quality of their products. They guarantee, that every clock has being checked throughly at their special controll wall for 12 to 24 hours before being despatched.