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“Strathand”, Glasgow: dual-keyed doppleganger

“Strathand” burglar alarm, Glasgow • This uninspired design scrapes into the locksmithery category because its crossed keys have been reproduced directly from yesterday’s vintage SOS alarm – the proof being the tiny S just visible below the keys in both designs. Strathand is a well-established family firm based in Paisley, Scotland, though what their relationship to SOS was, or indeed whether one of the letters in SOS stood for Strathand, I haven’t been able to ascertain – although I have learned, for what it’s worth, that this is a Texecom Odyssey 1E external sounder. • Spotted: Merchant City area, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G1, Scotland, 2010 • Politics: In the Labour constituency of Glasgow Central

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  1. Hi Guys,

    I am the owner of Strathand Security in Glasgow, a family business of over 50 years standing, and I can solve some of the mysteries with regards to the Strathand bell boxes and labels. Although now based in Paisley our business head office was originally in Glasgow’s Saltmarket. As an installer the Strathand label c/w telephone number continues to fitted to all of our intruder alarm installations. However, as then, we stlil sell equipment to other installers, as well as to the DIY market, and we supply the SOS label for all bell boxes sold to this market as we would not want to be held responsible or accountable for somebody else’s installation, therefore the name and telephone number have been removed. In a cute play on the SOS message, SOS stood for “Strathand Of Saltmarket”. Please feel free to check out our website at

    Jim Torrance
    Strathand Fire & Security

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