The Cuckooland museum is considered to be the largest of its kind in the world. The collection has been brought together by brothers Roman and Maz Piekarski who, as foremost horologists and clock restorers, have sought and renovated the rarest and most notable examples over careers of fourty years. Both brothers at the age of 15 were trained as the clock makers in Manchester which is when they became interested in the cuckoo clock.
They set up the museum 20 years ago after they gathered a world class collection of clocks. The museum has a collection of 600 plus cuckoo clocks, Everything that they have was made in the Blackforest Region of Central Europe.
The first cuckoo clock they found was a parquetry style cuckoo clock and is a very rare clock as it was made around in 1850. The credits for the first cuckoo clock were given to Franz Anton Ketterer from Schonwald c1730 he is given the credit for creating the first cuckoo clock in the Blackforest.
History of cuckoo clocks
History of cuckoo clocks
In the 17th century many decades before the clock industry began in the Black forest, a man by the name of Philipp Hainofer was the first person ever to write down ideas of the cuckoo clock. The clock he wrote about, was believed to have belonged to a man named August Von Sachsen. Then in 1669 a man named Domenico Martinelli in his hand book “To the elements of clocks”, writes about using the sound of the cuckoo bird to indicate the time. Years later in the Black Forest in Germany the creation of the cuckoo clock was started, and from then on its popularity grew.
The name of the creator of the first cuckoo clock is unknown. It is believed that the first clock was made somewhere in the Black forest in the 17th century. The black forest has brought out two fables to the origin of the cuckoo clocks. Nobody known’s which one may be true or even if both of the fables are false.
The first tale starts with two German tradesman travelling around the Black forest, on their travels they came across another tradesman of unknown origin who showed them a cuckoo clock, which at first glance memorize the two sales men, who greatly become bewitched by the vast design of the wooden clock. The two German traders become very rich men and the Black Forest Cuckoo clocks become immensely famous. Although a pleasant story to listen to, the other tale to come out is the one that is most popular and frankly more believable.
The first cuckoo clock was thought to be made by a clock master who loved the chiming of the church bells which used to tell the local villagers what the time was. While living in Schonwald (Black Forest). He decided he would create a clock, which would de-note the time with a cuckoo chime. Therefore he set out to create a wooden clock, which would allow a cuckoo bird to pop out every hour telling the owner what hour it was by amount of times he would cuckoo. It didn’t take a long time for the Cuckoo clock’s popularity to grow, spreading out further into other parts of Germany including major cities. During the winter months in the Black forest, people had time to create intricate detailed clocks of many different cravings; it became a competition between neighbours who could create the best most elegantly designed cuckoo clock.
Although the origin of the first cuckoo clock is still a mystery and surrounded by tales which accord in the black forest, these clocks are amazing ornaments in the house whether there from the past, present or future, and do encourage a high amount of cheer every time the cuckoo sounds.
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