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Clocks Made of Wood – Not a Black Forest Invention

Making wooden clocks was a "free trade", open to all to pursue. As from the 16th century, such clocks were made in all of Central Europe. Thanks to the division of labour and the use of simple machinery, Black Forest clockmakers became leaders in their field as from the mid-18th century. 

Seller of wooden clocks. Woodcut by David Herrliberger, Zurich 1751 (Archive German Clock Museum)[Close][Open]
Wooden-gear clock with hour-hand and quarter-hour hand. Davos (Switzerland) 1693 (Inv. 70-0671)[Close][Open]
Wooden-gear clock with quarter strike and moon phase. Vorarlberg (Austria) 1705 (Inv. 2001-072)[Close][Open]
Wooden-gear clock with glass covered paper dial. Deggendorf, end of 18th century (Inv. 1995-642)[Close][Open]
Movement with foliot. Black Forest first half of 18th century (Inv. 1995-642)[Close][Open]
Wooden-gear clock with glass covered paper dial. Black Forest c. 1780. (Inv. 03-0732)[Close][Open]
Musical clock with carved wooden dial. Christian Wehrle, Neukirch (attr.) c. 1780 (Inv. 15-0044)[Close][Open]
Clock with lacquered shield. Black Forest c. 1810 (Inv. 2005-089)[Close][Open]
Clock to control night watchmen. Valentin Kammerer, Triberg 1806 (Inv. 16-0477)[Close][Open]
Minature clock with strike and alarm (h=9cm). Black Forest, first half of 18th century (Inv. 03-3849)[Close][Open]

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