Garry has sent a picture of the bell from the HMCS Buckingham (WWII Canadian Corvette). He’d like any information about this bell that anyone may have. Notice the non-traditional shape.
This is a ‘home made’ bell out of a shell casing. The buckingham was a corvette (first one fitted with a helicopter landing pad)
in the Canadian Navy. I have some of that history, but am interested in the history of the bell itself. Who made it?
Was it actually used on the vessel? Where? How? and so on.
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This is probably a souvenir from someone who served on the ship. It would not have been used as an official ship’s bell. It was common to make decorative items from brass casings from artillery shells in WWI with the name of battles on them. I have a flower vase that my grandfather brought back from WWI commemorating the battle of Verdun with tooling on the casing. I also have a bell made of a 75mm shell casing similar to this but without any engraving.
That was along the lines of my thoughts too, but the bell appears to have been used (dents from ringing) and they sure went to a lot of trouble on it. I thought somebody might recognize it as an ‘unofficial’ mess bell or some such, perhaps used during gatherings of the old crew.