How awesome is this place? I found the bell but without resources like this I’d be done at that point! Many Thanks!!!
I think it’s solid brass, it has its own post stand and solid brass finial top. Im not home so all I have is a weak magnet and it’s doesn’t stick. I’m thinking it’s a fog signaling bell just because of where I got it, he was a big boat guy.
9″ across about 8″ high and it’s gotta be 20 nearly pounds
Large H stamp (inside) is all I can see on the bell, looks pretty old.
Any idea of age?
Does polishing devalue these bells?
Was it a ship bell?
Who marked their bells with an H?
Any idea of value?
I only found one bell online with a center post mount and finial top. Seems kind of unique?
Thanks a bunch!!!
Bell is painted black inside and looks largely undisturbed.
The large capital H is at 7 o’clock in the 4th picture.
Found in Central NY, if that helps?
I believe what you have is an antique fire bell from about 1910. They mounted on the front of the fire truck, at the radiator cap area, or on a side bracket, or on the ‘dash’ in front of the passenger. Have a look at a few trucks of that era and see what you think!
Wow, sure looks about right to me thanks so much. Have you ever seen an H stamp?
I see bells like this from early 1910 to 1940’s I wonder how I can date it a bit more accurately?
I wonder does polishing increase or decrease the value?
They are reproducing a bell similar to this and charging $985 here: http://www.brosamersbells.com/fire/index.html