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      dkermitb
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    • #17781
      jackbell
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      I’ve seen quite a few of these at eBay over the years bearing dates in the early 19th century. They are decorative items made in the late 20th century, probably in India or that region. As I recall, Pier 1 Imports sold them for awhile. Yes, they appear old but that effect is easily achieved. Ship bells of the 17th-19th centuries are rare and sell for thousands. Most were scrapped eventually or lost at sea.

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      dkermitb
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    • #17783
      RonaKesselman
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      Hi —

      While its nice that you have included several links about similar bells, it would be REALLY HELPFUL if you supply photos of the bells that you bought at the flea market as we appreciate having a library of many types of bells. Your photos do need to be clear as blurry does not show well. Would you also please give us the following information:

      • Height of the bell as well as weight of the bell

      • Diameter of the bottom of the skirt

      • Photos of the outside of the bell (both sides)

      • Photo of the inside of the bell including clapper.

      If you have problems attaching the photos, please let me know and I can add them.

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      dkermitb
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      dkermitb
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    • #17786
      jackbell
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      Thank you for the details and photos. As I stated earlier, your bells were made in the late 20th century and probably in great quantities considering the frequency they appear at eBay. I’ve seen a few at local (Indiana) flea markets through the years. Nice to hang in the den, on the patio, or in the kitchen to summon the family at mealtime. Thirty dollars for both would have been a fair price.

    • #17787
      dkermitb
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      Thank you for your honesty and expertise on the bells.

    • #17788
      jackbell
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      I’d return them to that merchant, or at least try.

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      dkermitb
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      dkermitb
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    • #17791
      Carolyn Whitlock
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      Please keep in mind that this is a public forum and any information posted here is the opinion of the poster based on his or her personal experiences and/or research. Responses on the ‘Bell Talk’ Forum do not represent official information from the American Bell Association International, Inc. In fact, by no means are all members of the ‘Bell Talk’ Forum actual members of the ABA.

      Having said that, we are very appreciative for the participation on the Forum from everyone!

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      dkermitb
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    • #17793
      Neil Goeppinger
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      Based on the patina on the inside of the bell, and also on the shape of the clapper, I too think it is likely a reproduction. — Neil

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