Dating cuckoo clocks
The mechanism to produce the cuckoo call has been in use since the middle of the 18th century and has remained almost without variation until the present.
It is unknown who invented it and where the first one was made.
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Whether this is controlled by a light sensor or pre-programmed, the function is referred to as a 'night silence' feature.
Other quartz cuckoo clocks are pre-programmed not to strike between a set of pre-determined hours.
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However, one of the best features of a cuckoo is that they can last for decades or longer and be passed down over generations.
Instead of the call being reproduced by the traditional bellows, it is a digital recording of a cuckoo calling in the wild (with a corresponding echo).
The cuckoo call is usually accompanied by the sound of a waterfall and other birds in the background.