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Garry
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Thanks Harry,

I think it looks quite unique too. Perhaps someone will recognize it, maybe from an old photo or something.

Couple of questions:

1. What’s the best way to clean a bell like this? (Should I not keep the patina?)
2. Should I try and replace the clapper hanger at least? Perhaps with a small chain? Or a length of stiff brass wire?

A side question:
I am told that a way to test for brass vs bronze is to put a drop of toilet bowl cleaner (I am assuming they mean something with chlorine as a base). If the drop turns pink you have bronze. Your thoughts on this practice?

Garry