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Music: Featuring 2 separate, alternating songs on each hour
Songs: Edelweiss and The Happy Wanderer
Additional Features: Slide pendulum with wooden stem
Size (cm): 45 x 37 x 26 Size (inches): 17.7 x 14.6 x 10.3
This Chalet cuckoo clock features a German family hard at work preparing for the long winter months ahead. Starting from the far left hand side facing the clock is a turning waterwheel. The tips of the blades are finished in blue paint to mimic that it is running through a small stream. A roof extends from the house to cover the waterwheel in order to keep it free from debris. Behind the waterwheel is a small dark green pine tree with a brown trunk. Running along the side of the wheel is an intricate wooden fence.
In front of the clock’s case and positioned so as not to block the dial is where the action of the scene takes place. A German man can be seen busily chopping wood, some of which he will sell, the rest of which will be used to keep the household warm for winter time. He is dressed in traditional farmer’s attire, with light brown pants, a green hat and vest and a white shirt. Behind him is a neatly stacked pile of logs ready to be chopped. In front is a larger, equally neatly stacked pile that is evidence of his work ethic. He is using a tree trunk as his work area and is surrounded by woodchips. Continuing to the right, the farmer’s wife sits at her spinning wheel. She too is busily making materials for sale and for the families own use. She is dressed in a bright yellow top hat, a white blouse and a dress with a red top and a gray skirt. In front of her is a lovely wicker basket to store her supplies. She and the basket both sit upon a tidy lawn of green grass.
The edge is bordered by a second fence, this time wrapping around the side of the clock. A second, larger pine tree can also be seen, mirroring the pine tree on the opposite end. The face of the clock is finished with exposed wooden timbers set in an angled pattern with white stucco beneath. There are four windows, each with a set of vibrant red shutters. Above the clock’s dial is a balcony upon which colorful dancers will spin and twirl as the music plays. The balcony has delicate gingerbread work, as does the rest of the roofline bordering the dancers, including two large doors with heart and diamond shaped cutouts. The clock is finished with a hand shingled roof with a broad pitch to it. This clock’s use of color and movement make it a true delight.