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This is a US Light House Service Bell. The E. A. Williams Bell Foundry was in Jersey City, NJ and cast bells for the USLHS. They were used as Fog Bells at Light Houses, on Light Ships, and on Channel Buoys. The larger bells (600 lbs) were used at lighthouses. This bell is a rarity. You may be able to get its history from the US Light House Society. Its value is dependent on its size, history, and condition. If it was simply a buoy bell, it will not be as valuable as if it were from a light ship or light house.
HJLong, MD