The 1982 Orland convention bell I recently received does not have a clapper. There is a hole and what looks like glue reside. The Nov-Dec 2011 Bell Tower article on convention bells does not describe the clapper. Can someone tell me what it was? Ailene
That would be the dolphin brass bell.
If you do a google IMAGE search with: brass hand bell aba convention 1982 Orlando
the first image that shows up is the dolphin bell. Go to that site and you have a series of images including a shot of the inside of the bell showing the clapper and how it was attached. (Because it’s a retail site for bells I can’t actually put the link in here. I am not commenting on the site itself, either positive or negative, as I don’t know it, but the images are there of the bell if you want them!
Found it. Again, thank you Garry for all your valuable knowledge. I usually do such searches but didn’t on this one. Curiosity satisfied,
My Orlando convention bell has a very unusual clapper. It is attached to a silver colored eye screw that appears to have some glue residue between the the top of the screw of the eye and the inside of the bell itself (not into the handle). A piece of copper wire about holds the clapper to the eye hook and to the clapper itself. At first glance, the clapper is shaped like a fishing sinker but on closer examination, one can see that there is a certain design molded on the clapper that I can’t identify. I presume the white stuff on the clapper is dried up metal polish.
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