Dating anri carvings

The carvings vary according to design: carved leaves, hunter design, or a miniature house.Many extras have been added to enhance the clock design: 8-day clock movement, turnoff switch, minute hand which can also be turned backwards, and the choice of a music box built into the clock.

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It all began in the late 19th century when Alois Riffeser traveled to the major European cities to sell the wood carved figurines and toys which were bought from the farmers of the Gröden Valley located in the Dolomite region of the Alps.

This area in South Tyrol was part of Austria-Hungary at the time until being annexed to Italy in 1919.

In 1912 Josef Anton Riffeser founded the ANRI Company, which he named using the first two letters of his first and last name.

After World War I, where he was in a prisoner of war camp in Siberia, he formulated his plan for a woodcarving company.

Soon a new variety of the cuckoo clock was developed with a brown-stained, oak clockface in the shape of a railroad-house.

Today this world-known, wood-carved Black Forest Cuckoo Clock is produced in the same form as in the beginning.

The first step was to create a new committee with active members, and then we will start to work together.

At the moment there is no unity among the fishers on the island.

I am Bernd Fehrenbach, cuckoo clock carver from Schonach in the Black Forest of Germany and owner of Fehrenbach Black Forest Cuckoo Clocks and German Gifts at Peddler’s Village in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

My family has been making cuckoo clocks for five generations in the traditional methods of the Black Forest craftsmen.

When Anton Adolf Riffeser took over in 1945, he transformed the ANRI company, adopting a more industrial model which allowed for better quality control and distribution to new markets.

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