My grandmother recently passed away and on of the things given to me was a large solid brass bell that I loved to play with as a child. She told me that it had come from a real train but I’m tempted to believe that she only told me that to put a smile on my face. Anyway, I’m not planning on selling it but I’m just curious as to its worth. I can find no markings/emblems on it so I have no real way to figure it out and after much searching I was directed to this site for help. I’ve attached some pictures if they help.
Here are the specs:
Painted red inside
Any help would be greatly appreciated…Thanks everyone!
Your grandmother was right, it’s a locomotive bell. Perhaps another contributor with more knowledge in this field will provide additional information.
Thanks jackbell, and sorry for doubting you grandma! If there isn’t anybody who can tell me about this bell, could someone direct me to a website or price guide to research it?
This is a railroad locomotive bell from pre-WWII steam locomotive era. It may be impossible to identify the railroad and the type of engine unless there is engraving that would help identify the railroad. It is a beauty. I would not paint the inside of the bell. The steel clapper should be painted black as the cradle has been painted. This appears to have a flat mount which was common on several types of locomotives. The decorative brass ball on the top may be helpful in identification. I agree with Carolyn that Railroadiana may be helpful in obtaining further information. That is a website for collectors of railroad artifacts.
Harry Long, MD