Magnificent & rare signed Furderer Jaegler & Company antique Black Forest hand carved 26" cuckoo clock case, exquisite hunt or "Fruits of the Hunt" motif with ornate oak leaf & acorn accents throughout, large chamois trophy style bust at the top with two smaller mounts at each side of the bottom and really just too much to actually list! The center bottom shows a grouping of hunting horn, canteen, satchel, two rifles and both a game hen and hare or rabbit hung as if fresh from the hunt. Also quite unique is that the clock face if framed in a curled horn to trumpet. Unfortunately, the case is missing the original clock movement & cuckoo mechanisms, replaced with a simple battery operated mechanism. The true prize though really is the case itself! A spectacular decorative piece exhibiting the carvings of a true master. Nice larger size, too so it's sure to draw the eye and admiration.
The company was founded in 1855 under the name "Lenzkirch Handelsgesellschaft" and had locations in Buchsweiler, Elsa Lorrain & France. In 1865, the company in Buchsweiler was closed and the new name of "Furderer & Jaegler & Co. was registered and established in The Black Forest, Neustadt, Germany and ultimately opened a total of twenty outlets distributing clocks of all types. The company continued on until its ultimate closing in 1887. I've included a photo of one of their original receipts just for fun, it's not included with the clock but it's always interesting to see things like that.
Very good condition, with the missing original clock movement, etc. the main flaw. It's also missing the little door up top where the cuckoo bird would have emerged. The chamois or mountain goat figure on the lower left is missing its rear horn and the one on the right has had its front horn glued after a break. As noted, this is basically just the beautiful clock case and more of a decorative piece at this point. There is a battery operated clock movement installed but I'm not sure if it actually works now. If one desired though, having a new working clock mechanism added wouldn't be too big of a job. The carved cornice at the top and entire face framing also are easily removed, held in place by metal swing latches. One could also use these superbly carved portions for other modes of display, custom furniture accent or possible that facade framing a beveled mirror in the center where the clock face is....? See pictures for all measurements.
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