So I got a little carried away with the clocks. I now have 30 cuckoo clocks and the rest are other black forest and german clocks. Of the 30 cuckoos, 3 are Russian and 27 are German. Cuckoo clocks are usually made in Germany and/or the region of the Black Forest, the south west part of Germany, super close to France. A few are Swiss, although most music boxes within them are Swiss. The Russian cuckoos are a complete inverse in how they are assembled from that of a German or Black Forest one… e.g., the bellows are turned to the inside instead of outward peering through a hole. The movement is brass however not typical and is secured via an additional mounting bracket, unlike the German one that is secured directly to the case. I do not have a Russian cuckoo clock with a music box.
Ah my dear 72 year old friend, Gary Locke. I met him at a local antique store when I wanted to purchase my very first cuckoo clock, almost three years ago now. Someone there said, if you have any questions before you buy, ask Gary. So I came back with questions the following day. He took a quick peek and said, its probably good but I wouldn’t pay that much for it. So to quicken the plot, I got it at a negotiated price and off it went for him to overhaul. I came over his house and found every wall covered in cuckoos. It was delightful! He is dubbed, the cuckoo doctor by many. Gary has, through the years, taught me everything I know. I now overhaul them myself but give him some so we can discuss them. In the fall, we will go to horology class together in Denver. I will pick him up on the way and study together. <grin>