At right is a photo of German craftsman Johann Baptiste Beha, believed to have been taken in the mid-1800s.
Left are the Behas near the workshops Ca 1845.
This is another heavily but finely carved wall hanging cuckoo clock, by Johann Baptiste Beha in 1861. Featuring a double fusee style movement in wood plates and brass parts, this clock is about 24" tall
and is another very rare example, being one of only a few known to be made. Currently, it is the only known example to survive. Thanks George. (lol)
We have been inspired by the design and outstanding hand craftsmanship of intricate Black Forest clocks and similar carved pieces for more than 20 years. What once started as merely a hobby has now become a deep passion.
Our interest over that period has taken considerable time in terms of the hours devoted to the study, learning the heritage, and meeting with and speaking with others who share our common interest.
Here we are happy to share with you some favorite pieces from our ever-growing collection.
Please sit back, and enjoy the treasures of their Gallery, shown below.
These 2 clocks, both in a No.326 case, considered "Exotic" clocks, due to their extremely rare features:
One with a life-sized exposed cuckoo bird. The other with an "echo" complication.
The echo clock. (Simulating the echo of the call of the cuckoo in the wild). A stunning clock to hear. Considered the most realistic sound ever in a cuckoo. Both models were made by the Beha firm, Circa 1900.
The exposed bird clock, is one of only three made, and the only known survivor. This clock was found in Germany. It features not only the life sized bird, but also lathe-turned "Natural Call Pipes." They were made to be as realistic sounding as they can be, and yes, they are amazing to hear! The legend goes that Johann would test his pipes in the woods, and did not stop refining his design until he was able to get
consistent return calls from a real cuckoo bird.
Beha Exotic, and other exotic clocks are by far the most desired by collectors. They represent the pinnacle of craftsmanship from
the Black Forest.
This spring driven Gothic table cuckoo clock was made by Johann Baptiste Beha, circa 1863. Seen here with the very rare and matching wall bracket, very few examples like this are known to still exist.
Also accompanying the clock photo, an early catalog drawing from the book "Beha Uhren," by Dr. Wilhelm Schneider . The clock has a double fusee style movement in beechwood plates with brass gears.
We know of only two other examples in private hands, and one in a museum – neither of which have the original bracket.
Known as a "Harrenhausle" A magnificent shelf-style cuckoo clock made by Johann Baptiste Beha..
Catalog No. 570. This piece features an 8 day double fusee movement. The clock is about 30" tall and is another very rare example. Also included are original catalog image.
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