Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums Large Bells Can I pick your brain on this bell?

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    • #12501
      odessa45
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      A Pre -Civil War bell. The bell appears to be made of brass and weights a little over 30 pounds and has a diameter of 10 1/2 inches. Height is approximately 12 inches high.
      The bell was owned by a high ranking naval man who died at the age of 92 in 2004 and the bell passed on to his son. The bell was then acquired by me. The son doesn’t know anything about the bell’s history.
      I have more reason to believe it came from a sailing ship due to the owner’s nautical career, but one well known bell buyer and seller said, since I could not document that, it could also be from a small chapel. The bell was casted in 1861 I was hoping someone would recognize the unique engravings on the bell which I think would help me determine it’s history. Here are some pictures located at photobucket.
      If you click on the pictures, you can get a nice blowup of the details.
      I’d love to know where this bell was ringing in 1861 around Lincoln”s inauguration.

      http://s1114.photobucket.com/user/SunView1/library/Bell%20Album

    • #17921
      jackbell
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      Thanks for all the photos. If the previous owners knew nothing of it’s background, learning it’s history is probably impossible. It might have been used on a boat or ship, in a chapel, school, plantation, or anywhere a bell was needed to summon people or sound an alarm. The only possibility I rule out is as a locomotive bell.

    • #17922
      mdgalperin
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      It looks like a Spanish bell.

    • #17923
      Neil Goeppinger
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      I agree that this bell does not look like a bell cast in the U.S. due to its shape. It looks European and I have done no research on those bells. — Neil

    • #17924
      odessa45
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      Thanks to all in helping me find information on this bell. I’m looking for the deceased owner’s son to possibly shed some light on this bell and will relay it to my post to all those curious about the origin of this bell. thank you again folks.

    • #17925
      nightflier51
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      It looks like a Spanish mission bell for sure.

    • #24587
      odessa45
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      Well, I found out that since the clapper is not of a metal that resist salt water, I doubt this could be a ships bell.
      So I guess it is from a chapel or of European origin.
      I can’t stop wondering where this bell was ringing in 1861.

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