The creativity, innovation, and craftsmanship represented not only by the clocks from Germany’s Black Forest region are well covered in Mgr. Miloš Klikar Collection. Over 60 pieces showcase the finest examples of clocks made from 1750-1900.
Visitors can see over 60 pieces of wooden clocks made by clockmakers in the region of southern Germany and Bohemia from the 18th to the 19th century. Mgr. Klikar Collection presents clocks with foliot, “Kuhschwanzpendel”, “Lackschild” dials, “Surrerwerk”. Some of them has moving figures or they are equipped with bells, organ pipes or strings.
The first wooden clocks were made in the middle of 17th century in Schwarzwald in the Black Forest in Southern Germany and had a regulating foliot (so-called “Waaguhren”).
Since the end of 18th century escapement wooden wheels were replaced by brass ones and they were impaled on a metal axis. From about 1850, all arbors were made of steel.
Over time south German clockmakers have tried to improve clock by various mechanisms like music and figure automata. The earliest figure clocks were cuckoo clock, which have been made around 1730.
One of the oldest figure clocks shows a capuchin monk ringing the bells (so-called “Kapuziner”). Other clocks shows also popular moving figures. There are the bell hammerers (so-called “Glockenslägeruhr”), the butcher or the dumpling-eater (so-called “Knödelfresser”).
There is also rich children’s program. Not only adults take the opportunity to view some of the clock running and listen to the musical equipment and chiming.