7F53  The Telebell

If you favor practical gifts, here is one of charm and  distinction.  "Telebell" has an attractive Butler finish metal case, set in polished moulded plastic base.  Choice of GOLD COLOR case with black or ivory base (Model 7F53-B) --or CHROME FINISH case with green, black or red base (Model 7F53-A).  3 1/2 inch ivory dial enamel finish dial.

There was ALSO the model 7F53-BK-I  that replaced the brass case with black bakelite and ivory bases.   For a clock that was going to have its owners slamming down on them from above every morning, this seems like a terrible idea.  Telebells are rare enough but these bakelite-cased versions are unicorns on the collecting scene.  According to some sources, this model was introduced as the "Telecall" but that might just be someone's type-o.

back to the Golden Age of Telechronto the 7F54 Deb Alarm

photo courtesy Jack S.
The 7F53 was called "Telecall" in some 1933 magazine ads but it might have just been a type-o because I can't find that name anywhere else.  By 1934, the same magazines (Ladies Home Journal in this case) were calling it "Telebell".
Here's a very rare green one 
although I'm fairly sure those 
are G-E hands.
The thing about this clock they don't tell you above is that it's got a top shutoff, the first Telechron or GE so equipped.  That cute little button on top screws right into that unique assembly I circled in blue.  It's way simpler than I thought was going to be.  I guess that's why I'm not a mechanical engineer.