1905 Fanthou Coffee Pot Alarm Clock

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  1. z1ulike

    z1ulike United States SotM Winner Subscriber

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    This novelty alarm clock was dated by the french patent. I had this clock curated by a professional clock conservator-restorer who created a 39 page report. The glass chimney was missing but a local glass blower was able to make a replica from the patent drawing and I found a set screw to hold it in place.

    So the way the clock works is you fill the cup with coffee or tea before you go to bed, set the alarm time, and light the wick. When the alarm goes off in the morning the cup moves around until it is directly over chimney. In doing so it trips a sleeve surrounding the wick which drops down exposing more of the wick. This increases the flame and heats the contents of the cup. It was the Mister Coffee of its day.


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    Notice the small flame pilot flame.


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    Notice the flame is increased when the cup moves over the chimney.


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    This is the drawing the glass blower used to replicate the chimney.


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    This shows the sleeve in the up or pilot position.


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    When the cup moves over the chimney it trips the sleeve which moves down exposing more wick and increasing the flame.


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    Close-up of the clock face.


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    The back of the clock with the filler cap shown on the base.

    Ben
     
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    Very very cool. Ran down to Walmart, looked for one in the Mr Coffee isle but they were sold out, Mike...
     
  3. Marc

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    Outstanding. The gathering of information and having a new chimney blown are as impressive as the device itself. Well done, Ben.

    Have you tried it? Coffee sitting overnight wouldn't be ideal, but I wouldn't be able to resist. :mrgreen:
     
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    I wouldn't have any trouble at all in resisting it, that's for sure :lol:
    Yesterdays coffee that is poorly re-heated over a feeble wick flame is a direct turn-off.
    But it's a cool gizmo, I'll give you that:thumbup:
    The mechanism is very interesting and intriguing, even if the idea itself is a bit questionable.
     
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    Very interesting. But I'd stay awake worrying my house would catch on fire...
     
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    It is French, isn´t it? It says it all. Mindset outside the box! I understand you could not resist this gem!

    /Conny
     
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    Interesting night light.

    An invention perfected in the UK for tea making.

    Teasmade
     
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    That is cool. This pretty much seals my SOTM vote. :)

    Alex
     
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    Yes, I have tried it. The clock runs a couple of minutes slow but otherwise it works perfectly. I hope to post a YouTube action video if I ever figure out how to do it. When the burner is tripped and the gasoline flame heats the coffee quicker than I imagined. The aluminum cup holds just 200 ml or 3/4 cup but the patent claims you can fill it with lunch, coffee, or tea. Fill it with the strong expresso type coffee they drink in France it would get you going for sure.

    Ben
     
  11. Marc

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    Sounds great.

    Imagine sleeping through the alarm, boiling the coffee dry(shudder), and then scorching the cup.
     
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    Or, drowsy and cranky, fumbling to silence the alarm, and knocking boiling coffee and flaming fuel all over the place....
     
  13. Marc

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    Yes, that would be much worse.

    Edit: Has the quote button always been all the way to the left and the post button the next one over, or am I just monumentally unobservant and not paying attention today?
     
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    Awesome. Never seen anything quite like it.