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    • #11938
      cdcongdon
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      I have a bell that is 16″ (across the bottom) 15″ high (to the top of the bell not the threads) and weighs about 60 lbs. I don’t see any markings on it.
      The bell is in very good shape and has a nice ring to it.

      My father (since deceased) acquired the bell approx. 40 years ago. I believe it came from where he worked at Ft Mifflin in Philadelphia PA.
      He worked for the US Corps of Engineers there.
      I have been lugging it around for many years and it’s time to let it go.

      First thought is that it came off a ship (dredge) since that’s what they did at Ft Mifflin.
      Don’t think its brass so maybe it didn’t come from a ship.

      Want to sell it but have no idea of the value. Also should I have it cleaned up or leave it as is?
      Any help would be appreciated.

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    • #16715
      hjlong3
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      Is the bell bronze or steel? A magnet will tell whether it is feromagnetic or not. The shape is definitely that of a ship bell and the loop on the clapper would support this. The rust on the crown suggests steel as does the bronze paint. The Navy did contract with CSBell Co during WWII to cast steel bells for small Navy Boats and oilers.
      Harry Long, MD

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