Movements: Girl playing with dog, spinning dancers
Night shut off: Automatic
Music: Featuring 2 separate, alternating songs on the hour & half hour
Songs: Edelweiss and The Happy Wanderer
Additional features: Slide pendulum with wooden stem
Size (cm): 33 x 27 x 20
Size (inches): 13 x 10.6 x 7.9
This delightful Black Forest Chalet cuckoo clock is unique for a variety of features, both technical and aesthetic. First and foremost, this 1-day wind clock has an automatic position for its night shut off. This is highly unusual and desirable as generally, only 8-day wind clocks with music possess this capability. When set to the automatic position the clock will not cuckoo or play music during the night, removing the need for the user to silence these elements manually if desired. The theme of the cuckoo clock is “children at play.” The movement begins from the right when looking at the clock with a young girl playing fetch with her dog. She raises and lowers a colorful, blue ball to mimic the motion that she is throwing it to him. The little, grey dog rushes forwards from his dog house to return the ball to his playmate. The motion of the dog serves to guide the eye leftwards through the rest of the clock’s scene. His grey coat differs from the bright colors used throughout the rest of the clock, framing him well between his dog house and the young girl. A small cat sits with a red ball on a bench to the right of the girl, patiently awaiting his chance to join the fun. The case of this cuckoo clock is done in a delightful two-tone style, with dark stain paired perfectly to a lighter base coat in a complex Tudor pattern. Red shutters with flower accents add yet more colors as do the pine trees that flank the cuckoo clock to either side. Finally, intricately painted children dance and twirl as the music plays on a balcony located above the clock dial yet under the cuckoo door. Generally, the dancers used are older, courting couples. The children used for this cuckoo clock are carved with various toys and animals to emphasize the theme.