Cuckoo clock dating marks
The work was split between the decorators and the masters of the inner workings, with technological advances in each area offering increasingly complicated and ornate clocks.
As a native Californian, artist, journalist and published author, Laurie Brenner began writing professionally in 1975.
Sometimes the name of the manufacturer can be found stamped on the works.
Look for manufacturers' names such as Hubert Herr, Rombach and Haas, Anton Schneider, Hekas and Trenkle Uhren.
The first cuckoo clock dates back to around 1730, they were an improvement on roughly one hundred years of clockmaking progress.
The original cuckoo clocks were made in the Black Forest of Germany, where people were often cooped up for the entire winter.