Im a new bell talk user! I have been on the hunt for a Fire Engine bell for some time. I found this bell online, and am pretty sure that is what it is! An help though to identify the bell would help! The bell stands 9 3/4″ tall and is 12 1/8″ wide. Has traces of red paint inside. Rough sand casting inside, that if you rub, you actually get sand from. Its shoulders seem more rounded than other Fire truck bells I have seen. also appears more ornate? The clapper and acorn nut came with the bell. The acorn nut appears that it should sit flush with the bell, which it doesn’t. I am unable to find any markings on any of the parts!
This looks like a fire engine bell. The acorn finial is a common finding on them. The rings around the bell are a bit unusual, but have been seen on some of the early engines.
Harry Long, MD
Thanks thats what I was hoping to hear. I am a firefighter and always wanted a bell from a truck! Now to find or make a mount!
I believe I have found the orgins of my bell. Attached is a picture I found of a bell that is exactly the same as mine. It is on a 1904 Metropolitan Steam Fire Engine. Also attached is a picture of my final product. I made a mount from copper steam pipe, heavy wall. Yes I ruined the patina, and polished the bell. It looks great and rings beautiful!
Thanks for the follow-up, Andrew. Regarding the polishing of the bell, it’s your bell and it’s all right to polish it if that’s the look you want. The important thing is that you enjoy your beautiful bell!