The Mass Production of Wooden Clocks. A Cottage Industry in the Black Forest (1780 - 1850)

September 13th, 16:30 – 17:30

In the 18th century the Black Forest region of Germany developed a cottage industry for manufacturing wall clocks. From a modest start to a peak around 1840, the region made a very large number of popularly priced wooden timekeepers. Key to the success throughout Europe was not only the skills of the local craftsmen, but also well developed distribution channels originally from the glassware industry. This cottage industry collapsed under the onslaught of competition from foreign industries, as well as regional  factory based production (in Württemberg).

Reinhold Krämer


Studies in European Ethnology, History, and German at the University of Freiburg. 1985 Doctorate degree. 1987 – 89 inventoried and researched the Junghans clock collection for the Stadtmuseum Schramberg. 1991 – 2000, Franziskanermuseum Villingen, Documentation and reconception of the Spiegelhalder Collection with their exceptional stock of Black Forest clocks. Numerous publications on museum work, and the cultural and industrial history of the Black Forest.