Re: Re: Need help with identification-added pics
Really nice looking bell, clean lines. Next time include all the bell including the mounting pad on the top, sometimes that may be a clue. This bell is saying–look at me and find my history. I am not good at U.S. east coast history so look up the date on the net, surprise! Harpers Ferry, etc. Next step, take a look at the emblem, I believe this is an eagle with an anchor background, the flukes are at the talons and the cross piece is above the eagles head all indicating a naval relationship to the bell. Look up civil war emblems on the net.
The symbols around the emblem, stars? we need to look very, very close at them, how are they deformed? measure them, somehow! compare one to the other. I count 13 and possibly as many as 16. Find out what significance 15/16 means before, during, and after the civil war ( states, ships, naval engagements, the year a naval school started, the year the Dept of the navy started,) etc, you got the idea. I don’t think this was a ships bell, possibly a naval station, or other shore establishment. The .5 inch mounting hole is not very big to support the bell in a high use and high traffic area like there is on shipboard. You have a fun puzzle, good luck hunting.
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