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This bell is definitely British in design. I am chagrined by the hole in the shoulder of the bell. This bell has seen considerable use/abuse based on the dents in the skirt and irregular gouges in the lip. I agree that it probably came from a ship named the Dame Francis Stapleton, but it should have also had the letters RMS or HMS preceding the name. Googling Dame Frances Stapleton brings a publication recognizing letters of condolence at the death of Dame Frances Stapleton in the 1730s. She was obviously a woman of influence during the 1700s. The bell could have been a plantation bell.
Harry Long, MD