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    • #10713
      Anonymous
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      Ron asks:

      I [have a question] regarding a bell of unusual shape that was offered on Ebay. The seller claimed it was a fire engine bell, but I’ve seen none shaped like it on any pics of old apparatus. I was hoping you might be able to shed some light on its origin. Thank you for your time.

      If you type in Ebay on your search engine you should pull up the “official” site. Open that and it will give you a search box. In the search box type in: 220163981495 That should give you both the picture and the seller’s description.

      The seller’s description is:

      Chrome plated Solid brass Ahrens fox fire engine bell. 12 inch diameter, 18 inch height total weight 44 lbs. The three pieces are the top, base and clapper. There is no mount. Bell is from circa 1930,s.

      If you can help, please post a response. If you need help posting, please contact me at coordinator@americanbell.org. Please be sure to reference this post as from “Ron in Washington” if you are going to send information to me. Thanks

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      This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.

    • #13367
      lucky13
      Member

      Google Ahrens Fox. There are several websites with photos of restored engines. The bells in the photos look like the eBay bell. This company operated 1911-1977.

    • #13368
      Anonymous
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      Lucky 13,

      Ron has seen your response and says

      I see that Lucky 13 notes that he spotted such a bell on an apparatus. I did the Google Ahrens Fox thing, and saw many of the pics I review prior to contacting you. Perhaps it’s my old old eyes, but when I looked again I still didn’t see a similar bell. Could you ask Lucky 13 to be a bit more specific with a website address? Thanks for your help. RL

      Ron has expressed his appreciation for the help we are giving.

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      This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.

    • #13369
      lucky13
      Member

      The website firegold.com is a company that restores gold leaf decoration on antique fire engines. There are 3 Ahrens-Fox links with photos. In my opinion that eBay auction was an Ahrens-Fox bell with clapper but missing it’s undermount and decorative finial. That dome-shaped piece was never a part of any bell. Have you ever seen an engine bell with a lid? I haven’t.

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