BELOW IS HOW WE WROTE THE DESCRIPTION BEFORE BEING EMAILED BY ANOTHER EBAY MEMBER TELLING US THIS CLOCK WAS MADE BY ARON KETTERER, all we have done is add his name to the ebay title bar, the original way we wrote this listing follows, We cant say with confidence if this clock was made by Beha or Ketterer.
NOW,please note the clock has been damaged by myself, I have knocked a part of the wing off of the top bird, it could be glued back on but I am not going to sell it repaired, I would rather make referance to the small break , Please contact us and we can send you additional images of the small bit broken off.
A very eye catching mid 19th century Black Forest double fusee bracket/shelf cuckoo clock, Many people like to say they are a Beha clock, This may well be made by Johann Baptist Beha but without a name anywhere on it we can see we can not say for certain , so instead hope that the numerous images we have provided will be enough to help you decide, the only thing we have found is that the number 38 is present on the wood at inside back of clock close to the bellows.
Things that suggest it may be by Beha are, the cuckoo has moving wings(articulated) the door we feel is a replacement as colour is slightly differant to that of the rest of clock and on close inspection there are 2 small holes on the left hand side suggesting this would have originaly been a split door, opening to both left and right, also on top of clock is a small eye and pin where we have seen the front garniture on other clocks being held on with a piece of wire, we again believe this to be something seen on Beha clocks but not sure if it was only his clocks, there is no wire and the front garniture is now fixed onto clock and does not come off.
The clock is working fine as a mechanical clock, however the bellows look to have been repaired at some point and although cuckoo comes out he does not exactly make the correct sound(please clock on videos to see and hear him)...the case is in overall very good order with just a small chip on one side door to report as a small defect.
The carvings are very detailed and in good order.
The clock is still quite dusty and has not been touched by us( we would have no idea where to start to have it making the correct sound), it strikes on a gong which is situated on the back door panel, comes with original wooden winding key. We have been informed by another ebay member that part of the top pediment is missing, please view the numerous images on show of this.
It stands 17 1/2 inches tall to roof top, slightly higher to top of birds tail. measures 13 inches wide and 8 1/4 inches in depth.
Quite possibly you will want to ask more questions , we are only to happy to assist with any questions you may have.
If you scroll down further we have included numerous images but if you need more of any specific area again please let us know, also beneath the images you will find 3 short video clips, just click play to see these.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION-supplied by a very helpful and knowledgeable ebay member:
There are several tells in the details...one is the folded sandwich style hammer head on the gong hammer. the other is the paperclip style return spring on the ratchets for the 2 fusee gears on the bottom. also the 2 ratchets are inverted...one n top, and one on bottom. these together make it certain that its ketterer.. Here are 2 examples from my collection.these are both beha... notice the details. beha used the disc style hammer head, and also a curly que ratchet return spring. also both ratchets are top side. other than that they are nearly identical, ketterer clocks are often mistaken for beha... truth be told beha followed Ketterer in the early years but as time went on Beha was a better marketer and his clocks are far more plentiful. Also beha is later credited with dozens of innovations in the field of automated clocks. Theodor and Aron Ketterer are credited with creating the first spring driven automated clock (c.1840).(Theodor was the father, Aron was his son) Theodors great grandfather Franze Anton Ketterer is widely credited with creating the very first cuckoo clock c.1730.
PLEASE NOTE:Since images were taken a small part of bird wing on top of clock has been broken, it will be able to be glued back on, if you need to see this please email us for images.
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