Help with identification and value of bell
August 18, 2012 at 1:40 pm #12116emmamaryannParticipant
I aquired this bell from a gentleman who said it was his grandfathers and was hanging in a bar in NYC but he was not sure of it was before that. It is about 8 inches tall and the diameter is 6.5 inches and has the logo RPR on it. Thanks in advance for any help.
August 18, 2012 at 8:24 pm #17131emmamaryannParticipant
Is there a better place to get answers, I’m new to this, thanks
August 21, 2012 at 1:29 pm #17132GarryParticipant
We can probably help a bit with the identification of the bell, but the forum rules don’t let us ‘value’ them, except in general terms.
There is a forum area for selling the bells at the bottom of the list of forums.
This is a typical ‘ships bell’ form, the clapper shows where the rope handle to ring it would be attached, for example.
You state it likely came from a bar. That fits as in the 50’s – 70’s the nautical theme was pretty common. The bell would be rung to indicate something like ‘happy hour’.
The logo looks to me like it was added to the bell (cut in rather than molded in) and probably was the initials of the bar in question. You might contact the City of New York to see if they can supply the names of bars for the last couple decades and then look for one with the initials that either closed or remodeled.
Websites that sell things (i.e. auction sites) can give you an idea of value, if you watch the similar ones sell. Knowing the bar it came from might increase the value if there were some historical value added (i.e. famous person “y” frequented here.)
Otherwise it’s a nice bell to hold on to! Makes a wonderful ‘door bell’ for example!
August 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm #17133halanbParticipant
Pennsylvania Railroad commemorative bell
I think your bell is like the one on the left – a commemorative bell with the PRR logo. These were made in a variety of sizes, ranging in height from about 5″ to 15″, with several wall mounts, and are occasionally seen on eBay, often priced in the $75 – $150 range. It is possible that some of this type were in actual use by the railroad, though most were made as commemorative items. Some were given to long-time PRR employees as a retirement gift.
Less frequently, you might encounter a conductor’s bell like the center picture. You can find many of the larger locomotive bells, as in the right picture, and priced at $1000 and up. Warning – many of these are reproductions. For more information on these, consult the boys over in the “Big Bells” section.
There are dozens or hundreds of websites dedicated to railroad memorabilia.
Here is one: http://railroadiana.org/
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