I love all this clock stuff. Maybe you guys can help. I'm looking for information on the fancy alarm clock mechanics found on old clocks. Like the cuckoo motions. Mechanically how do they do that? Any good webs sites?
I used to have some video of some really old European clockworks where the little men would come out and ring the bell, while the girls danced around. I don't remember what to call this stuff for searching in google. Any suggestions? Thanks
Those "little guys" are called automatons, and are available in both clocks and watches. Some are even "only for grown-ups." :-)
Seriously...they're just gear driven devices. Shouldn't be too hard to make it happen.
Here's a watch from 1890...yes, over 100 years ago, done in enamel. http://www.antique-watch.com/img4/w6661a.jpg They "move" when the striking hammer is activated, and makes it chime...looks like the figures are ringing the bells with their swords.
As for the striking train, etc, in clocks it's done with a counting wheel that "activates" a separate mechanism at a predetermined time. Sometimes it's called a "snail." You've seen more than 1 weight on a grandfather's clock? That's what it's for...it's an independent power source for the chimes.
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The most informative web site that I have found as of yet, is www.clocktools.com. Look for the link's to William R. Smith. He has video's on VHS, DVD and CD-Rom as well as plan's for various Horological Devices annd movement's.
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