August Schwer, the then owner of the famous “Hotel Schlossberg”, produced his first cuckooclock in 1885 in Schonach. Cuckoo Clocks continued to be produced by the Schwer family for the next four generations.
In 2000 Andy Winter, who had worked within the company for over 15 years acquired the company and continued to maintain the high standard of cuckoo clock making set by his predecessors. In 2002 Andy expanded the company further by taking over the Heinzmann company which produced the famous Spath Clocks.
Not satisfied with this, he then acquired the world famous Albert Schwab cuckooclock company in 2006 expanding his manufacturing possibilities even further. August Schwer cuckoo clocks is now one of the largest producers of cuckoo clocks in this region of Germany. They can be found in Schonwald, close to Schonach and Titisee – two of the other main towns for cuckoo clock production and all in the area close to Freiberg. Many of the cuckoo clocks feature music and dancing figurines. The most common melodies used are “The Happy Wanderer” and “Eidelweiss” though “Laras Theme” from Dr Zivago and “It’s a Small World” are often used too. Animals and forest scenes also feature a great deal in the cuckoo clocks of August Schwer.
Of course the more traditional hunter style cuckoo clocks are produced by this manufacturer. These usually feature stags heads, birds and leaves, all intricately carved.
August Schwer cuckoo clocks feature intricate carvings and animated detail which have won them awards from the VdS – the Black Forest Clock Association.