Genuine Black Forest cuckoo clocks come with a certificate -- written in German -- from the Black Forest Clock Association.You might also find a round sticker inside the clock in gold, black and white with German writing and the letters "VDS" in the middle.Since then, the Black Forest has been synonymous with cuckoo clocks. The weights, which usually hang below the clock, are often made to appear as part of the design—they are frequently shaped like pinecones, for example.
On the hour, every hour, a door on the clock opens and a figurine pops out as a "cuckoo" sound is made.
This noise is produced by wind rushing through two pipes, each creating a different syllable.
Like knowing when certain features were introduced or certain materials became available.
A few simple things that can point you in the right direction and at the correct period for your antique wall clock, advertising clock or bracket clock.
The construction of various parts can and will help in dating your antique clock.
Specifically the style and type of clock hand and the dial, both of which have varied over time.Musical clocks include a melody after the "cuckoos" and feature a third weight (non-musical clocks only have two).Some musical variations feature dancers or other figurines that spin to the melody.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.If you have a cuckoo clock and want to identify its maker or place of origin, there are several ways to go about it.