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    • #24534
      ray1968
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      Hi All

      I recently purchased this bronze bell measuring 10 inches tall and with a diameter just over 7 inches. To the front is what appears to be some form of crest, to the reverse side are the letters ‘PN’ & ’69’. I have tried researching it but can find nothing like it. It may well be a fire bell given the colour although this may be a later covering. I would appreciate members thoughts.

      Many Thanks

      Ray

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    • #24539
      Garry
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      Welcome Ray!

      Could we get a shot of the inside of the bell?
      Are any parts able to hold a magnet?
      In what general area did you find the bell? (sometimes the area gives a hint, most boat bells are found near large bodies of water, for example)

      I am not near my books right now, but I will have a look tomorrow. I don’t have this type of bell in my collection but I do recall seeing something similar in my references.

      Will let you know what I find!
      Garry

    • #24540
      ray1968
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      Hi Gary

      Here is an image of the interior, the stalk has been snapped but I think the remnants can be removed and replaced. There does not appear to have been anything for a magnet. The bell was purchased in Glasgow Scotland a big ship building area, more so in the past. It was described to me as a fire station bell but it seems a little small to be for that.

      Many thanks and I hope the interior helps shed some light.

      Regards

      Ray

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    • #24542
      Garry
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      Ray,
      It’s unfortunate that the clapper system is missing. That often gives a good clue.

      Could you try and trace out the coat of arms?

      It’s quite difficult to make out the shapes, but given what information you have provided, I’d like to share my thoughts on what I think you have and why. A drawing of what the design is would help, but this is what I think I see.

      I believe you have a ship yard fire truck or Fire tug / pumper boat signal bell from about the 1950’s 60’s ish time frame.
      The smaller size is typical of a smaller tug boat sized craft or on a smaller fire truck.
      The mounting is one of a typical style of a coastal / dock area work boat or for some fire trucks.
      The coat of arms has a crown on top and what seems to be a fire helmet below.
      There also is what appears to be an early stylized “hooligan” Fire tool on either side.
      The center ‘appears’ to be either a ship/dock yard bollard (used to tie up /tow ships) or an early fire plug design (possibly a stylized ‘combination’ of both for the crest). It’s hard to make out though.
      And of course, the early Fire Fighter Red paint.
      The 69 PN would then be a local designation (such as the fire boat number, or station number based out of, that kind of thing).

      Have a look at the crest, does my suggestions of design make sense?

      I would also write to the Glasgow Fire service and the UK fire service (http://www.fireservice.co.uk/) to see if they could identify it. the 69 PN could very well mean something to them.

      Garry

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