History of Cuckoo-Clock
A cuckoo clock is a typically pendulum-regulated clock that strikes the hours with a sound like a common cuckoo’s call and has an automaton cuckoo bird that moves with each note. Some moves their wings, open/close the beak while leaning forward, whereas others only the bird’s body is leaning forward. The mechanism to produce the cuckoo call has been in use since the middle of the 18th century and has remained almost without variation until the present.
It is unknown who invented it and where the first one was made. It is thought that much of its development and evolution was made in the Black Forest area in southwestern Germany (State of Baden-Württemberg), the region where the cuckoo clock was popularized. The cuckoo clocks were exported to the rest of the world from the mid 1850s on. Today, the cuckoo clock is one of the favorite souvenirs of travelers in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. It has become a cultural icon of Germany.
In 1730 Anton Ketterer built the first cuckoo clock. In the 1780´s Adolf Herr´s ancestor, Johann Hiller, already built clocks in the Black Forest. His son in law, Johann Baptist Rainer, born in 1763 continued the clock making tradition. His son in law, Christian Herr, born 1814 was clock maker, too. From then on, the clock making art was handed down from father to son. Bernhard Herr, born 1842, Robert Herr, born 1876, and Rudolf Herr, born 1901, established a family tradition in making fine clocks. Adolf Herr, Rudolf´s son, married to Gerlinde Eble, whose great-grandfather, grandfather and father had also been clockmakers, opened his own business in 1977 – the House of Black Forest Clocks. He has been creating cuckoo clocks in ever since, inventing new designs and, above all, new movements that have found a new place in many households in Germany and overseas. Adolf Herr does not have a huge factory. He loves working on the carving bench and in his workshop on the third floor of the store. Assisted by his wife, his son, and his daughter Adolf Herr runs a family business in an old family tradition.
– All our mechanical cuckoo clocks are hand-signed by “Adolf Herr”.
– All our mechanical cuckoo clocks include the certificate of Authenticity Original Adolf Herr Cuckoo Clock