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    • #11877
      azazel
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      Hello all, I am wondering if anyone knows what type of bell and/or what date this might be:

      • Height of the bell= Approx 1″

      • Diameter of the bottom of the skirt=Approx 1″

      • Writing or engraving on the bell= French type designs?

      • Material from which the bell was made= I cannot tell if it is lead, pewter, or silver. I dinged it with my digging trowel and it is a silver color.

      • History about the bell that you may have: I found this bell by metal detecting the “mother ditch” that runs through Las Cruces, New Mexico. It was frequented by travelers in the 1850’s until this day. This was located near New Mexico State University.

      • Photo of the outside of the bell= Included

      • Photo of the inside of the bell= Crushed

      Thank you for looking and any info that you can give me at all is appreciated!

      Sincerely,

      John

    • #16588
      azazel
      Participant

      Any ideas at all?

    • #16589
      Carolyn Whitlock
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      I suggest you try using a little silver polish on it to see what happens. I’ve never seen a bell like this one.

    • #16590
      azazel
      Participant

      Hi Carolyn,

      That was after the silver polish, unfortunately! Perhaps it’s not silver, are bells ever made of lead?

      Thanks,

      John

    • #16591
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Sorry, I have no idea.
      Carolyn

    • #16592
      azazel
      Participant

      Well thank you anyway, anyone else have any ideas? Or should I perhaps bring it to the college historian?

    • #16593
      azazel
      Participant

      I’ve noticed the word “Guardian” on the skirt of the bell, must be mass production. I figure it’s a bell you put on a motorcycle to ward off bad luck.

    • #16594
      Garry
      Participant

      Lead is a soft metal, it basically wouldn’t ring noticeably if struck.
      Plus, if of lead you would certainly notice it, it would be very heavy. Think of a fishing weight -much smaller- of lead! Now look at the size of this bell!

      If it doesn’t take a magnet, it’s most likely pewter.

      Add to that the English word “Guardian” you mention, and you are looking at a more modern bell.

      I suspect you are absolutely correct, a good luck bell that was mass produced.

      Still an interesting conversation piece!

      Garry

    • #16595
      azazel
      Participant

      Thanks Gary, interesting indeed 😀

    • #16587
      cyberborikua
      Member

      Azazel, could it be an animal bell, like a sheep bell? Where did you find it? My wife also found a small bell in a Chicago woods. We are trying to figure out about it too. Good luck. 😉

    • #16596
      maxkurillo
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      Hi azazel, just finished reading all the remarks. the pictures really do’nt show the true color. If the bell has a slight color of grey, and is not magnetic then I would say its pewter, pewter is a very nice metal to work with, around 85% tin, and will act and seem like brass, except the color. Or It could be alumium or white brass both have a grey color, differnt wieghts. really hard to say without handling it. Best of luck, Max

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