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River City
Cuckoo Clocks, L.L.C.
Clock Care and Setup
Congratulations on purchasing a River City
Cuckoo Clock! We are confident that this original Black
Forest Cuckoo Clock will add character and charm to
your home and that you and your family will be rewarded
with a lifetime of pleasurable memories.
With proper care and maintenance, your new
clock will last a lifetime. This brochure should answer
most of your questions on its proper setup.
To avoid “uh-oh” and unnecessary frustration,
please review the diagrams and read the unpacking and
hanging instructions once before unpacking your new
treasure. Then follow the steps once again as you unpack
and hang your clock.
Cuckoo Clock
Rear View & Parts
1. Gently unpack your clock (a), locating the pendulum (b), weights
(c) and headboard (d). Your clock may or may not have a headboard and
it may have two or three weights, depending on the model. Be sure to
save the original box and packing material for future use.
2. Place the clock face down. Open the
back of the clock by turning the small
metal latch (2a). Remove the back panel
and pull the paper out from behind the
spiral gong wire on the inside of the back
panel (2b).
3. Gently slide out the two bellow
clips (3a, 3b) at the upper inside of
the clock and save them with the
original packing material. Replace
the back panel.
4. Turn the clock onto its backside. Push aside the wire lever (4) to
unlatch the cuckooʼs door, allowing the door to swing freely. The wire
latch should remain affixed to the clock body.
5. At the bottom of the case, you will
see a paper packet which secures the
clockʼs chains. Loosen and remove
the paper packet, allowing the ends
of the chains with the round brass
washers to extend fully.
If there are knots in the chains, untangle them gently. Once the chains
are untangled, keep the clock in an
upright position to avoid their sliding
inside the clock and off the sprocket
6. For maximum running time, hang
your clock approximately 6ʼ off
the floor on a secure, strong nail or
hook. At this height, the round chain
ends should hang about 6” off the
floor. Running time will be a full
day or week depending on the clock
Hang clock at 6 feet
or higher
If there is no stud behind the wall
where the nail is to be driven, use
a wallboard anchor (molybolt) or
heavy duty fastener of the correct
type for your wall. Picture hooks
will not provide the necessary level
of safety.
Make sure the clock hangs flush on
the wall and does not lean forward.
7. Attach the pendulum to the “U”
shaped wire pendulum leader at the
bottom of the clock (7a). Then attach
the weights to the hook ends of the
chains (7b).
8. Now mount the headboard if
there is one.
Pull free chains
down carefully
to wind.
Operating Instructions
1. Silent Lever. Most River City
Cuckoo clocks have a “silent” lever
on the side or bottom of the case.
Place the lever in the “on” position
if you want your clock to “cuckoo”
and play music (on models so
equipped). In the “silent” or “off”
position, , both cuckoo and music
are silenced. Avoid placing the lever
on “silent” as the cuckoo is sounding; you may, however, move the
lever to “on” at any time.
(side or
paper packet securing chains
2. Start the clock and place it “in beat.” Gently swing the pendulum to one
side to start its momentum and initiate the clockʼs ticking. Listen carefully- if
the ticking lacks a perfect or regular rhythm, your clock will run for only a few
minutes and then stop. Swing the base of the clock a little to the left or right until the ticking is even. Many owners place a faint pencil mark on the wall along
one side of the clock. This can be used to reposition the clock if it is accidentally
3. Set the time by moving the long hand (minute hand) clockwise or counterclockwise. If the short hand (hour hand) is accidentally moved out of place, the
hour indicated by the hour hand will disagree with the cuckoo count. You can
gently hold the hour hand near the shaft and turn it clockwise or counter-clockwise so that it correctly indicates the number of hours counted by the cuckoo.
Then, using both thumbs, push the hand down on the shaft (back towards the
dial) to tighten.
In the event that your clock stops running and the minute hand wonʼt move
forward, turn the minute hand counter-clockwise one hour, then slowly advance
it clockwise or counter-wise to the correct time and repeat No. 2 above.
4. Winding the clock. To wind your clock, firmly pull the free ends (ring ends)
of the chains to raise the weights to the base of the clock.
To avoid the chains coming off the sprockets inside the clock, always keep the
weights on the chains. Avoid roughness in winding and never pull on the weights
themselves as this may damage the chains or ratchet mechanism.
It is impossible to overwind your cuckoo, however you may damage the chains
if you continue to pull on them once the weights have reached the base of the
5. Regulating your clock. You can adjust your clock to run faster or slower.
To make your clock run faster, unhook the pendulum and slide the pendulum
carving up a bit on the pendulum stick; to make the clock run slower, pull the
carving down a bit. Reattach the pendulum to the pendulum
leader at the base of the clock.
Set your clock using an accurate time source after each pendulum adjustment. Once your clock is accurately regulated,
you can mark the back side of the pendulum stick with a
pencil indicating the position of the carving on the stick. If
the carving is accidentally moved, you can easily replace it
to its correct position.
Servicing should always be done by a professional clock repairman.
• Unhook weights and pendulum; wind chains so that the brass hooks return to
the bottom of the clock case.
• Move the wire latch to lock the cuckoo door.
• Open the back panel and place bellow clips on bellows (see diagram on p.2).
If you cannot locate original bellow clips, fashion a substitute with paper clips
to keep the bellows closed and prevent damage during transportation. Place a
strip of paper through the spiral gong wire located on the inside back panel (see
diagram) to keep it silent during shipping.
• Secure chains to keep them on the sprocket wheel and avoid tangling within
the clock mechanism. A simple way to secure the chains is to extend them to
their full length and wrap them carefully around the outside of the clock. Be sure
there is no pressure on delicate carvings, waterwheels or other moving parts,
Then, to keep tension on the chains, attach a rubber band to each of the round
brass washers on the ends of the chains and hook the other ends of the rubberbands to the clock to keep the chains taut.
Another effective method of securing the chains and keeping them on the
sprocket wheel is to insert a straight piece of wire, pipe cleaner or twist-tie
through the chain links as close to the base of the clock as possible as in the
original packaging. The loose chain ends can then be placed in a bag or wrapped
in paper to keep them from becoming entangled in the mechanisms.
• Pack the clock securely in its original box or a sturdy box large enough to allow for packing material, such as bubble wrap, to protect the carvings. Avoid use
of packing material which may crumble and allow small debris to contaminate
the mechanism. Seal the box and place it in a larger, sturdy box, using packing
material to secure the smaller box with the larger one.
• If returning your clock to a clock service center for repairs, send the clock
without the weights and headboard. Enclose a note indicating the number
stamped on your weights, i.e. 275, 320, 375, 420, 1260, 1500 or 1750. Wooden
weights may not be numbered. Please indicate the nature of the problem and the
address to which the clock should be returned. Be sure to insure your clock for
its proper value and, if the repair is covered under your warranty, enclose a copy
of your sales receipt.
Your River City Cuckoo Clock is warranted to be free from defects
in materials and workmanship for a period of two years. Our obligation under this warranty is limited to the repair or replacement of
the defective clock without charge.
This warranty applies to the original consumer and is not transferable. Please enclose a copy of the sales receipt.
Warranty service is available by returning the clock, postage prepaid, along with a check in the amount of $14.75 made payable to
RIVER CITY SERVICE CENTER for return postage and handling.
Please pack your cuckoo clock for shipping as detailed on p. 7 of
this booklet and allow 4-6 weeks for warranty repairs.
The following situations are not covered under this warranty.
1. Damage sustained while in transit or through misuse and/or
2. Chains off the wheels or tangled.
3. Any problems caused by not following the instructions in the
instruction brochure packed with your clock.
4. Repairs done by anyone other than an authorized RIVER CITY
It is suggested you insure the clock to cover any damage that may
occur during shipment. Include your check for $14.75 for return
shipping and handling along with a note including your name,
phone number, return shipping address and nature of defect. Please
allow 4-6 weeks for warranty repairs. Ship clock to:
ST. LOUIS, MO 63122
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