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Anton Schneider Cuckoo Clocks


Home to the centuries-old tradition of cuckoo clock making, the Black Forest of Southwest Germany has a uniqueness that feels like, well, living in a world charmed with the magic of cuckoo clocks!

The Schneider company has been hand-crafting Kuckuckshuren, German for cuckoo clocks, since 1848 when Anton Schneider began making them in his farmhouse in the Black Forest. Cuckoo clock making continued to be a cottage industry for many years, with some parts still made at home even recently.


Schneider Cuckoo ClocksIn 1952 the first factory was built in Schonach, with additions added seven times over the years, making the Anton Schneider factory the largest and most modern cuckoo clock factory in the region.

Don’t get the wrong impression. To many of us the word “factory” conjures up a highly automated series of conveyor belts, an impersonal atmosphere, and low skilled workers. Not so at the Schneider company. Many employees have been with the company for decades, honing their skills in carving the figures and woodsy carved trims and fronts of the clocks. This factory is more a workshop of artists creating wall pieces using indigenous materials to adorn our walls, delighting our eyes and ears!

BuilSchneider Cuckoo Clocksding a Schneider Cuckoo Clock

It seems silly to start by saying that it all starts with a piece of wood. But it does! A rarity these days, the clock making process begins by cutting the shape of the clock decoration, then hand carving it, sanding it, and finishing it to create the clock we hang on our wall.

Modern power tools are used for the first steps, but hand carving still rules when it comes to the detail.

Inside the Anton Schneider Cuckoo Clock Factory

Schneider Cuckoo Clocks

Schneider Cuckoo Clock Movement

The movement of a cuckoo clock is the ingenious mechanism that not only keeps time, but also sends our little friend the cuckoo out of his door to sing to us every half our. In addition, in the case of a musical cuckoo clock, the mechanism delights us with music as well. Schneidrr uses Regula movements — the best in the industry and one reason I chose them to make my clocks — in all of their clocks.

Movements can also be classified as 1- or 8- day which refers to the length of time between windings. Large weights are the clue to the two different types.

Speaking of weights, the heavy metal pine cones hooked to chains on the clock power the cuckoo clock movement keeping both the time and setting off the cuckoo and the animation.

See some photos of the steps of the process.


Get a rare peek Inside the Schneider Cuckoo Clock Factory.

Yes, There is a Real Live Cuckoo!

My goodness! The cuckoo clock does in fact sound just like the real McCoy!

Check out this recording.

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16 thoughts on “Schneider Cuckoo Clocks

  • Sharon Meyer

    I recently bought one of your Schneider Clocks that is the Chalet type in Hiedleberg. It has a gong or chime on the back “door” (cover), but I never hear it. Have I done something wrong in setting it up. I did remove the cardboard under the striker. When should it hit the wire to make the chime? Thanks for your help. I love the clock and enjoy the music and the little moving figures. Also, would you mind sending me a translation of the informaion on the back of the instruction leaflet. It begins “Es gibt wltweit nicht…..” Thanks. Sharon

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Hi Sharon,

      That’s actually not my clock. I design clocks and Schneider makes them, so it’s only my line. Funny that people like you are finding me! But I’m glad you did because I can send you to the best cuckoo guy in thee country, who is also Schneider’s top warranty doc. Call Keith at 706-219-3556 Eastern. He’ll get your clock gonging!


  • Jonathan Klopman

    Hello, I have a Schneider school clock with an electric wind movement as well as the ability to run slaves. Can you tell me if this was made at the same factory? Thank you for your help

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Hello Jonathan,

      I’m not that familiar with their line to be able to say, “Yes, I know that clock!” but I do know that if it’s a Schneider clock it is made at the same factory. Is that helpful?


  • Jim

    We are fortunate to have one of your clocks that we purchased while visiting in Germany a few years ago. It has your name attached on a small plaque on the side. Over the years the clocked has functioned flawlessly and only required minor adjustments to the time about once a month. The problem I need help with is: the only hand left on the clock is the “hour” hand. The minute hand, a nut with square hole, round convex polished brass bushing, and small round nut, were nestled in the front of the clock. I have tried various orders of re-assembly of these parts and nothing seems to work. Yes, the parts stay in place, but clock pendulum only functions for a few minutes, nor will the cuckoo pop out nor will the clock chime. What is the correct sequence of assembly? Clock worked fine. Until the hands fell off.

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Hi Jim,

      I wish my clocks were available in Germany! I contract directly with Schneider to have my proprietary clocks made. So to date they have only been available in the US through me. But Schneider is going to start distributing them internationally soon. Yeah!

      Here’s a video that will show you how to reassemble the hands: “Troubleshoot Cuckoo Clock Hands”

      But your underlying problem is keeping the clock going. watch the first video on that page and see if you can get that worked out.

      Good luck!


  • Ray Petted

    I really like my clock. I bought it at the factory in the Black Forest. It is the smallest one they make so I could carry it home. I works very well but does not make a gong or chime sound. Can you tell me if that model makes a gong? I also live close to the repair place in Georgia, USA. the number on the warranty is 1016 bought on 10/18/ 2017…….I am very pleased. I would like to buy one for the Grand kids but it takes a long time to ship from Germany, can I buy one from the repair center in USA? Thanks great quality product.

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Hi Ray — Hi Neighbor!

      You can adjust the hammer at the back of the clock to make it chime. Or better yet, take to to Keith and have him do it while you order a clock from him. He can get you any clock from any manufacturer at a savings. What’s really great is he’ll give you the skinny on the specific clock and clock maker you are interested in so you know what to expect when you get the clock. And he has some (including mine 😉 ) for sale in his shop.

      Ah, another cuckoo collector!


  • James Stanley

    i was hoping someone could tell me something about my Hunter Anton Schneider Cuckoo Clock serial number is
    021568911002 – any information regarding this Clock would be Greatly Appreicated Regards Jim

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Hi Jim,

      Sorry I can’t be of help. I’m not familiar with the Schneider line. I design my own clocks and have Schneider make some of them. For a value on the clock I suggest you look for it on eBay. There is also a Black Forest Clock Facebook Group of collectors that may prove helpful.

      Best wishes,


  • Harlan Mehlhop

    I have to adjust pendulum about every 5-6 days, keeps time for 2-3 days then either it will gain or lose time, without me adjusting pendulum. Clock is leveled and stays stationary. Very frustrating…..what is the cause and fix?

  • Clare A Champa

    I have a Schneider clock that I purchased in Munich, it is a roasting pig on a spit, and drinkers at a table and love it. The catalogue that came it, which I don’t have anymore is one with a winter snow scene. The trees were very white and don’t remember what else was on it. Would you know if it is still available. Thanks you. Have spoken to Keith on another matter and he is extremely helpfull.

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Hi Clare,

      I simply design clocks and have Schneider make them for me and import them. I believe Keith has the current catalogs and would be happy to order one for you. Yes, Keith is a sweetheart and an incredible clock guy!