Hi all, new to this forum.
I was metal detecting and I found this bell about 12 inches down, It has a strange mark on it and no other marks it is heavy for its size 166 grams or 5 and 7/8 oz.it is a little over 2 3/4″ wide at the base and a little over 2″ tall not counting the stem, the top of the bell is a little over 1 1/2″ wide. Can anyone tell me anything about it ❓ Also any tips on cleaning it, the knocker is rusted to the side 😥
This is an interesting bell that obviously spent much of its life burried in the soil. Its size and shape suggests that it could have been part of an “under the shaft” set of shaft bells. Because of the constant motion of the shaft as the horse strode, these bells frequently broke loose and were lost. The design on the skirt is unusual, and may identify the manufacturer, but the detail on the photo is poor. If this is a shaft bell, this style was used in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Later shaft bells were mounted on the top of the shaft with a metal harp that was screwed or bolted to the shaft rather than ung by leather straps as the earlier bells were hung.
Harry Long, MD