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Darche Mfg. Alarm Clock Bank Pat. 1889 ~ 1908

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CLOCKGUY's loves1 of 10Mystery Chrome Alarm Clock/Night Light/Piggy Bank1935 New Haven "Popeye" Pocket Watch
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    Posted 12 years ago

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    This is the the First Electric alarm clock built by the "Darche Mfg. Co". in Chicago Ill. in the late 1800's. The alarm was NOT a wind up; but an electric. Run from a battery - cell placed in the right side tower. It also came with a push button switch to light the light bulb above the clock at night. I do not have that cord & switch. From time to time they pop up on E-Bay. This one has a working clock. The bank part is unique too with the vault door to remove the money.

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    1. MsDowAntiques MsDowAntiques, 12 years ago
      Portrero posted this same clock a while back ( )

      Nice that you added the cool photo of Mr. Darches shop.

      The clocks were made by Darche Mfg. Co. Chicago.

      Here are some articles about the Darche Company, and their clocks:
    2. CLOCKGUY CLOCKGUY, 9 years ago
      I just started collecting clocks i have several some work most don't i have been having them restored and it getting expensive to have done how is the best way to get the training i need to do them myself
    3. kerry10456 kerry10456, 9 years ago
      @ CLOCKGUY, first need to understand the basics, post some of your pieces and we'll see what we need to address, clocks are fairly easy to work on, Bigger pieces, watches are a touch different because of size. Older clocks are usually not broken persay, just need cleaned and serviced. some are wore in pivot points and need attention, but mostly a good cleaning and lubricated will serve your needs.
    4. CLOCKGUY CLOCKGUY, 9 years ago
      Hey thanks Kerry10456 i will have to learn to take the pics off my phone to put on here ,i will post soon as i can thank you again
    5. CLOCKGUY CLOCKGUY, 9 years ago
      I am glad to find this site and the advice and all the different clocks and other things to look at to gain knowledge
    6. kerry10456 kerry10456, 9 years ago
      CLOCKGUY, I'll attempt to help you out, in anyway I can, somewhere in the neighborhood of 5000+ timepieces. Again there are some great people here on CW with lots of expertise to assist many of your queries.Welcome to the CW Forum and Hope to see some of your treasures in the near future
    7. kehphones kehphones, 7 years ago
      I have located the switch in Spain. I added the old wire to switch now.
    8. Jeffgordon24, 6 years ago
      I watch a lot of you tube videos they are very helpful ,I just cleaned and lubed my first clock ,it was a little intimidating but seems to be working fine,there are lots of books on antique clock repair .

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