Alarm The Alarming Alarm

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  1. Steven Thornberry

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    #1 Steven Thornberry, Jan 5, 2016
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    I will confess to cowardice from the get-go. When I bought this alarm clock, there was a note stuck to it stating something to the effect that when the alarm rang, it went on forever - presumably until the spring wound down. In other words, the shut off switch did not work. Well and good - er, bad.

    There was more to the note, to the further effect that the alarm could only be started by removing the top. But be careful of the glass. Obviously, the alarm was totally hexed. Not promising, but I attempted to remove the top. However, to remove the top, I soon realized that one had to be prepared for all four column supports, all three glasses, and the metal back to collapse as well. (The metal back could have remained somewhat attached to the movement due to a variety of knobs, screws, bolts, and winding keys.) I also soon realized that any fool could take the case apart (and I was just that fool), but only a fool with three hands and a prehensile tail could easily reassemble it. I have the additional appendages on back order - and masking tape might also be useful.

    In the meantime, here are the pictures. I am unsure of the maker, but on the strength of the dial alone, I have tentatively concluded that it is by Ingraham.

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    The dial seems to be the same as that shown in three clocks from Tran, the Siren, the Vibrator, and the Clarion. Those clocks are from the 1911-1915 range. All three of these, however, have the alarm bell inside the case, while the bell on mine is quite clearly on the top. The dial is perforated, both the minute markers and the numerals. There is a black metal disk behind the dial allowing the numbers and minutes to be legible. I think this is what is meant by the words "Solid Brass Reverse Dial" in the catalogue descriptions of the Siren and Vibrator.

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    The 1911-12 Ingraham catalogue has this to say about the Siren and Vibrator: "The perforations around the periphery of dial serve the double purpose of letting out the sound and marking the minute periods. To prevent dust getting into the movement through these perforations a dust cap is located between the bell and movement, dividing the case into two compartments absolutely separated. The forward one is perforated and contains the bell, and the other is perfectly tight and dust proof, and contains the movement; all of which is clearly shown in interior view."

    The dial on my clock has the faintly seen words, "PAT. APPL. FOR," but I have been unable to identify what patent that might be.

    Because of the aforementioned cowardice, I do not have pictures of the movement, except for the one from the side, which seems to have similarities to the catalogue picture of the same side of the movement in the Ingraham Rotator.

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    So, what is it? Is it an Ingraham? I note that the same clock was in the collection of Howard Banta, who was one of the founders of Chapter # 178, the (now) Howard Banta Alarm Clock Chapter. I suppose my next stop will be there to see if they have information. Not that it's a burning issue, but inquiring minds like to know - and so do I.

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    That's a nice looking little clock! I have not seen its like before, but your logic seems sound concerning the maker.
     
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    Thanks, Peter. My wife actually spotted it, and I initially thought maybe, maybe not. But, I went back and picked it up. For the price, under $40.00, I am pleased. It is a nice looking timepiece, somewhat reminiscent of wood-cased crystal regulators, and a good runner, despite the non-functioning alarm. It will, of course, need servicing in the near future by someone with the additional appendages.:whistle: I also had fun researching it, even if I am not completely certain of its provenance.
     

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