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Frequently Asked Questions:

  • What is the difference between 1-day movement and 8-day movement?

    Most mechanical cuckoo clocks are either 1-day or 8-day movement. This means they don't run on batteries (quartz movement) but instead need to be manually 'wound' by hand. A 1-day movement clock needs to be wound a minimum of once every day while an 8-day movement clock needs to be wound a minimum of once every eight days to keep time.

  • How do I 'wind' my mechanical cuckoo clock?

    Each mechanical cuckoo clock needs to be manually 'wound' by hand. This is done by gently pulling on the chains at the bottom of the clock towards the floor until the weight on the opposite end is raised to it's utmost position. Gravity does the rest and as the weights slowly lower again they pull the chain through the clock-work and power the mechanism. Remember to pull gently on the chains and it also helps to lightly support the weights as you raise it up with the chain. All of this might sound complex but it's really very simple and the routine is really quite endearing.

  • When should I 'wind' my mechanical cuckoo clock?

    A mechanical clock (either of 1-day or 8-day movement types) can be wound at any time of the day as many times as you want. Be sure to lightly pull the weight chains to raise the weights in accordance to the instruction manual.

  • What does 'night-time shutoff' or 'light sensor' mean?

    Most cuckoo clocks (either mechanical or battery powered) come with 'night-time shutoff' in either a manual or 'light sensor' variety. This just means that both varieties enable you to control when the clock makes sounds.

    Mechanical cuckoo clocks have a manual 'night-time shutoff' which are usually a lever with 2 positions - sound on or sound off. 

    Battery powered cuckoo clocks usually come with an automatic 'night-time shutoff' otherwise known as a light sensor which detects light levels and disables sound when the lights are off or it is very dark. While some include volume levels as well as sound on/off positions, some models also include an option to stop the sound between the hours of 9:00pm and 8:00am.

Chalet 8-day Goat Peter's Farm cuckoo clock with music 55cm by August Schwer

Brand: August Schwer

Model ID: august-5.8878.01.P

Estimated Delivery Time: This clock will be sent directly to your delivery address from the clockmakers workshop in Germany. Subject to availability, the delivery day is approximately between March 08 and March 12 for all UK and mainland Europe customers. Please be mindful that, while uncommon, delays can occur but we will notify you if there are delays.

IMPORT COSTS: Cuckoo Collections is proud to announce that we will pay for ALL customs charges or Import VAT costs (due to the new Brexit trade union with the EU). We don't want our customers being surprised by any additional charges. Therefore, if you are notified of any customs charges then please let us know. We will organise to have these paid or the amounts refunded back to you.

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This very large clock presents every detail, which stands for the uniqueness of a Black Forest Farmhouse. The focus with this clock is on specific traditional occupations on a Black Forest farm.

The large figurine on the clock shows a farmer, leaning on his scythe, taking a break from the hay harvest. Right next to him, the almost full hay cart shows he's almost done with his day's work. A bit further on, in front of the small chapel, stands a shingle rack. This is a kind of workbench to produce roof shingles. During the hard winter months, when there was no work in the field, the farmers often cut shingles to earn some money. A very prominent feature of this clock is the construction of the clock itself. Unlike other clock models, this clock has individual outhouses, realised as complete buildings themselves. Usually, these annexes are only hinted at by attaching a little shed to the side of a clock. In this case, the chapel to the right and the storage shed to the left are complete little buildings. Thus an entire Black Forest farm ensemble, with a main farmhouse, annexes, and surroundings, is shown in one impressive clock. Many Black Forest farmhouses had their own chapel because the way to the next village church was too far or often impassable during the winter snows. The name of the clock comes from the little boy figurine to the left of the clock, in front of the little shed. He is carrying a little goat. The clock house itself represents the specific building techniques of the Black Forest. A typical shingle roof, timber frame building. Black Forest farm steads are often isolated buildings spread thin over the hilly countryside. A characteristic of such a farm house is the bell tower with the fire bell on the roof. In the case of an emergency, help could be called with these bells. In integral part of farm life are the animals; this clock shows various household animals like a cat and a German Shepherd dog, but also typical farm animals like the cow. All figurines and decorative elements are made of wood and are hand-painted.


The dancing figurines are high-quality dancing pairs, waring Black Forest costume.
All parts made of wood, wooden dial, hands, cuckoo, pendulum. High-quality Swiss music box (Reuge), 2 melodies: Edelweiss and Happy Wanderer.

Product Details:

    Material:
    Wood 
    Colour: Walnut 
    Movement Type: 8-day Movement
    Clock mechanism 
    High quality 'Regula' movement
    Size (height): 55 cm
    Size (width): 78 cm
    Size (depth): 28 cm
    Chime: Every hour
    Nighttime shut-off Yes
    Warranty 2 years
    VdS Certified Yes
    Manufacturer
    Made by August Schwer in Schoenwald, Black Forest, Germany

      

    Black Forest Clock Association's 'Certificate of Authenticity'

    All of our mechanical Black Forest cuckoo clocks come complete with a 'Certificate of Authenticity' which verifies that the clock was made in the Black Forest Region, Germany and that all of it's parts, including it's internal clock mechanism, have been made with the highest of standard of manufacture. This certificate was created by the Black Forest Clock Association as a certification process designed to protect the Black Forest tradition and to represent it's quality around the world. This is the promise that Cuckoo Collections passes on from our manufacturers to you, the customer.

    Estimated Delivery Time: This clock will be sent directly to your delivery address from the clockmakers workshop in Germany. Subject to availability, the delivery day is approximately between March 08 and March 12 for all UK and mainland Europe customers. Please be mindful that, while uncommon, delays can occur but we will notify you if there are delays.

    IMPORT COSTS: Cuckoo Collections is proud to announce that we will pay for ALL customs charges or Import VAT costs (due to the new Brexit trade union with the EU). We don't want our customers being surprised by any additional charges. Therefore, if you are notified of any customs charges then please let us know. We will organise to have these paid or the amounts refunded back to you.

    Worried about your order arriving on time? Nine out of ten of our orders arrive within the estimated delivery time or even earlier. However sometimes there can be factors (such as availability and delivery location) that can affect the delivery time and lengthen it by a few days or even a week or two for some more complex models. In such cases we will keep you informed of the delay and work with the the manufacturer and courier throughout the process to make it as simple as possible for you to rest assured knowing your clock is on track to you. Many of our clocks are held in stock with our suppliers but, depending on the model/brand, some are built-to-order by one of our many manufacturers in Italy, Germany, Japan or Switzerland. We appreciate your patience in such cases and we will inform you of the tracking details as soon as your order is shipped from the manufacturer or supplier.

    At any time, if you have questions or concerns about the delivery time of your order (maybe because it's for a birthday, wedding or Christmas present) then let us know and we will do our best to fast-track the order with our manufacturers. Contact us here.