He Missed L. H. Oswald! Texas School Book Depository Guard Watchclock, Contemporary to Assassination!
Measuring 6.5" in diameter, New Braunfels, Texas, no date [circa 1960s]. A large security watchclock, in a die-cast aluminum housing, with heat treated crystal and a riveted and reinforced case of harness leather. Stamped on verso "Property of Texas School Book Depository Dallas." With a silver and red "Detex Guardsman" trademark tag, which acts as the keyhole cover. Brown leather strap is still present, but the clock's key is missing. With wear and rubbing to the edges of the casing, along with scratches to the leather front and back. Metalwork is also worn and scratched. The keyhole cover has been kept open with adhered Velcro. From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.
The clock is accompanied by a letter of provenance from the niece of Ron Hoskins which reads in part: "The Guardsman Security Clock/Key Item was purchased by my uncle/collector, Ronald E. F. Hoskins/Assassinologist, and is an item from the time of the JFK Assassination of 1963. On the case of the watchman, Texas School Book Depository is punched…The Watchclock was used by the TSBD guards during their regular patrols. He acquired this item from a man who knew one of the guardman at the TSBD…"
Detex Watchclocks were manufactured for nearly 130 years, only being discontinued on December 31, 2011, when superior forms of electronic recording were chosen as the preferred method of security. Each clock had a key that would manually time punch an internal strip of paper, and could record between 96-120 hours of a guard's activities while on patrol. This particular clock belonged to a guard at the infamous Texas School Book Depository, where Lee Harvey Oswald found his perch to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. It is entirely possible that this clock was carried by one of the guards who missed finding Oswald hiding behind the stacked book boxes. Had Oswald been found, our world today could have looked drastically different.
This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.
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