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Posted 7 years ago


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I own a Waterbury Clock Co., wall-mounted, pendulum movement, clock that is dated Sept. 13, 1898. I imagine that it is one of the earliest security alarms.

It once had a dry cell battery. Wiring within connects to displays labeled Scuttle & Skylight, 3rd Floor Rear, 2nd Floor Front, etc. Apparently the clock was connected to doors and windows throughout the premises. When the connection was either broken or made the clock's bell would sound and a display would indicated where the intrusion was made.

I have searched the Internet and I have not been able to find a similar model. I am curious if there are others and eager to learn more about this unique clock.

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  1. Bruce99 Bruce99, 6 years ago

    In your second photo along the bottom row of zone switches, there is part of a "Liberty Street, NY" address visible. Can you tell us the rest of what is hidden by the System's cabinet?

    I'm wondering if this might be an early Ingersoll Alarm System which utilized a Waterbury Clock movement???

    That's pure speculation on my part but that info on the bottom row of switches could definitely shed some light on your mystery.

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