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Klaxon 12 Info Sought


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Just picked up this Horn and wondered if anyone had more information or one like it so I can see what the tag said originally. Did Lovell-McConnell evolve into Klaxon as they both used the name and were both in Newark, N.J.? My horn's plate says Klaxon 12 but appears to be marked 6 volts. What does the 12 stand for?

Howard Dennis

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Here is a Klaxon box for different looking "Klaxon 12, type S" horns. Can you make out a "type" on the data plate of yout horn? Since it is marked 6 volts, that rules out 12 being a reference to its voltage. Actually, few cars of the ahooga horn era were 12 volts, Dodge being one that comes to mind. Perhaps the 12 refers to the motor series, and type S to the projector style. Note the quality of the box, made of clear lumber, and with dovetailed corners. The faint logo at the bottom of the label says "The Public Safety Signal".

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Thanks Dave, that's pretty much the same style as my research has turned up. From what I've seen so far it appears as if my horn was from roughly 1915 as it seems after about 1916 Klaxons were pretty much all black probably following the car makers trend of eliminating brass trim in favor of painted parts.

My tag has no style listed and is the same as this reproduction tag I bought other than the number which I hope to alter to read 12.

Howard Dennis

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