The Alarm Clock

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This unique cylinder phonograph has been found at the Rabat flea market in Morooco in 1980.  The discovery has been possible only because the original bottom plank and mouldings were missing, and consequently the front grill showing an Amberola type inside horn, as the lid was closed.  The French clock mechanism well spread in Europe at the turn of the century has a special face.  With an alarm hand and arrow cooked in the enamel, it has a single hole to crank the mechanism spring.  This shows that it was made specially for it.  All the wooden parts have a number 4 hand written with pencil certainly meaning that it is the number 4 of a larger production.  The phonograph upper parts, normally hidden by the lid have no handsome finish and looked like the one of a Pathe Gaulois.   Specialists in German "Black Forest" handicraft products thought that the flower decoration may come from this place, but there is no evidence that the machine may not be French (Rabat, clock mechanism and Gaulois).

Any information about this machine would be appreciated.  Please, contact: ME

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