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    • #10885
      Garry
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      Here’s an older version of the machined bell I posted earlier, just to contrast it.

      I think it’s a cast bronze, from the texture of the bell and I believe it has some age to it,
      as it is a heavier and thicker bell. The clapper is also more crudely done.
      (No, I do not believe it to be overly old though! I am thinking the 1950’s ’60s ish. Which is old enough for me! 8) )

      What I find interesting about this bell, is that (besides the loud ring ❗ ) is that it’s WIDER than it is TALLER. I have not seen many bells like that. (6 inches tall to the top of the 1 inch tall neck, but not including the mounting bolt by 7 inches wide in diameter at the bottom.)

      Again the clapper is iron (takes a magnet where the bell does not) and therefore leads me to believe it’s a land bell rather than a water vessel bell. I don’t see any markings on it, so am speculating it’s a general utility bell of some sort. Perhaps as an attention getter at a regular gathering or on a job site.

      Any Insights out there?

      Garry

      Admin note: I have deleted the picture of a bell that was posted by mistake.

    • #13860
      Garry
      Participant

      Ok, I messed up on the top view and attached the wrong image.

      Sorry! 🙁

      Here’s the right one, and a close up of the clapper thrown in for fun.

      Garry 🙄

    • #13861
      hjlong
      Member

      The clapper was not cast as a clapper, but rather is fashioned from a steel ball with 2 loops welded to it and connected to steel rod that was fashioned to attach the clapper. The bell appears to be cast bronze or brass and has seen some abuse due to the nicks and dents on its surface. I suspect that it was used on a yard shifter or some other small railroad engine.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13862
      Garry
      Participant

      Now that you mention it Harry, I see what you mean about the clapper! I notice it’s very pitted throughout (sand casting I thought) and the lip of the rim appears to be filed down a bit ( I assumed to smooth off the cast edges). BUT that said, on the side view there appears to be machining marks that doesn’t show up well when actually looking at it.

      Could it be sand cast and then machined a bit to remove rough edges? I would have thought it would be hard to balance that way.

      So you figure this is the switch engine bell and the other one I showed earlier isn’t? Would my guesstimate of age be correct?

      Garry

    • #13863
      hjlong
      Member

      From its appearance, I beileve that it was sand cast and milled. It was probably cast sometime in the 20th century, most likely around 1920.
      Harry Long, MD

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