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Electric Clock Runs for More Than 40 Years

From Horology magazine, December, 1937

Electric Clock Runs for More Than 40 Years 
Daniel Draubaugh's Product Keeps Regular Time in Jeweler's Office

Lemoyne, Pa. - Swinging a twentyfour pound brass ball for its pendulum, the last of the Daniel Drawbaugh electric clocks, built more than fifty years ago, still is keeping regular time in a corner of a jeweler's office here.

Encased in solid walnut, the clock is one of a half-dozen Drawbaugh built in his Eberly Mills workshop, and the only one of its kind that is known to have turned its wheels for more than forty years of existence.

All six clocks were of the "grandfather cabinet" design and operated on wet batteries, using approximately 5 cents a year of electricity.

The timepiece is virtually the same, if not the identical clock, Drawbaugh exhibited at the Philadelphia Centennial in 1876 while the patents for which he had applied were still pending.
Said by some persons to have been the "real inventor" of the telephone, Drawbaugh constructed the clocks piece-by-piece, each part molded by hand. 


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