Posted 6 years ago
This is one of the first electric alarm clocks (electric meaning operated by a dry battery).
Patented Mar. 19, 1889, Jan. 29, 1901 (noted on the back plate of the clock).
Manufactured by the Darche Mfg. Co., 2117 S. Halsted St. Chicago, Ill. (noted on dial).
With this clock when purchased, was included a braided cord with a pear shaped bulb & call button (regretfully I do not have). The button at the end of the bulb, could be pressed, and it would sound the alarm bell to call someone (a nurse) into your sick room. Squeezing the bulb would also turn on the light below the dial to illuminate the dial if the room was dark.
Looking at the back of the battery compartment are two contact points to attach the ends of the braided wires to, left side is for the light and right side is for the call bell.
Below the contacts is marked:
(trade Mark Registered)
ELECTRIC ALARM CLOCK
PAT. APPLIED FOR
The advertisement is circa 1901.
Thanks for looking,