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Win a Garden Cottage Cuckoo Clockfrom Mark Feldstein and Associates, Inc.
There are literally hundreds of types of clocks on today’s market. Talking clocks, clocks that show the time on your wall or ceiling, clocks that run backwards, clocks that are automatically corrected by a signal generated by a pulse from a mountain in Colorado, clocks that play motorcycle sounds at each hour and even clocks that will turn things on and off for you.
All of these clocks serve a purpose. But, there never has been or never will be a clock like a cuckoo clock. Think about all the things that a cuckoo clock has to do every half hour and every hour, every day, every week, every month, every year!It has to, open a door to let the birdie out, call out the half hour or hour depending on the time, operate a low pipe bellow, operate a high pipe bellow to generate the cuckoo call, stop the operation, retract the birdie in it’s case and close the door. If it is a musical version, it has to play a complete tune as well. It is expected to do this every day, every hour, every half hour, every week and so on… We ask more from this little guy than clocks costing thousands of dollars that stand seven feet tall and get more repair and maintenance attention than a clock that works harder for it’s owner each and every day of the year.
In the middle of the 17th century, Germany’s Black Forest began to become known for its clock makers. The mountain people of the Black Forest had always been skilled at working with wood , and once they teamed with the mathematically skilled clerics of the region, they began to produce some remarkable clocks made entirely of wood. Franz Anton Ketterer is most often credited with building the first cuckoo clock, around 1730. He was able to re-create the sound made by the cuckoo by using a bellows that produced two different sounds.
The peaceful cottage scene depicted on this richly-detailed clock captures the lush beauty of what nature has to offer, and takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Adding ambiance, at each hour, a Cardinal pops out from his roost, chirping his distinctive, beautiful song. This unique “cuckoo” feature provides a sense of serenity. The clock features a swinging pendulum which can be removed for mantel or tabletop display. Ideal in the kitchen, living room, den, or office. At nighttime, a light sensor deactivates bird song allowing our Cardinal friend (and you) to catch some sleep!
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