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If you see individual letters, these often refer to the year the clock was made.
Open up the case to examine the interior works of the clock.
The cuckoo clock can be distinguished from any other timepiece in a number of ways.
The birds wings and beaks became animated, and some were even decorated with feathers.
The sticker or certificate authenticates that the cuckoo clock came from one of the many Black Forest cuckoo clock manufacturers. Many of the Black Forest clockmakers add a stamp on the back of the clock with the name of the shop that sold the clock.
Look for the stamp that says "Made in Germany." Beneath that, you might find the clockmaker's name.
She has written for newspapers, magazines, online publications and sites.
Brenner graduated from San Diego's Coleman College.
By the middle of the 19th century, two principal forms of the cuckoo clock had emerged.
Sometimes the name of the manufacturer can be found stamped on the works.
Look for manufacturers' names such as Hubert Herr, Rombach and Haas, Anton Schneider, Hekas and Trenkle Uhren.
The inner workings of the clocks were improved with the introduction of metal gears and metal plates.
Decorative family scenes, hunting and military motifs gained in popularity.The chalet cuckoo clock usually depicts a scene from the life of a Black Forest villager, with hand-carved figurines.