May 6, 2009 at 10:05 am #11118
Can anyone identify the use that would have been made of the loop on this bell. It has a diameter of 8 inches.
May 6, 2009 at 7:12 pm #14603GarryParticipant
Just a guess, but it looks like a substantial (ie heavy) bell to me (you don’t give sizes or weights).
If I were to carry it around, in that case, I’d sure want help. The handle you describe would be big enough for two to grab and carry the bell between them.
Just a thought.
May 6, 2009 at 7:45 pm #14604
The bell is an 8 inch diameter 8lb bell. I have a Whitechapel 8 inch diameter handled bell which is 10lb and quite within my capability to lift. The clapper has a lanyard hoop so must have originally been a bell hung/attached from/to a bracket. That’s what makes it a puzzle.
May 9, 2009 at 4:30 pm #14605GarryParticipant
Humm, you are right, if it’s that size then my first idea doesn’t make sense.
How about this one?
Maybe it’s a strap loop, one where you actually run TWO straps through it. Think of an upside down “T” shape, like a pipe with a vertical T take off on it.
If you were to simply strap the bell to the horizontal part only, it could slide along. to stop the bell from sliding, put it below the vertical take off and put a strap on either side to hold the bell. Now it can’t slide down the horizontal piece. The size of the loops suggest a wide strap for each side was desired (perhaps to spread the weight? or because the motion was quite violent at times and might snap a smaller strap?)
This suggests that the bell was mounted on something that moves, which would cause it to slide if not restrained in some fashion. Or it was used on a specific piece of equipment where this splitting of the holding strap was necessary to fit it where it needed to be.
The handle does look to me as a bit of a ‘one of’ local build (not a manufactured standard mount) suggesting that it was specially made for a specific unique hanging location. Perhaps as a fire/alarm bell or some such on a iron ship to hang from a railing?
I have included a crude diagram of what I am thinking of, in case it helps to visualize it.
May 9, 2009 at 7:48 pm #14606
Thanks for your thoughts. It does look like a one off made for a specific purpose. And your theory is seems quite logical. I will pass these comments on to the owner of the bell.
May 12, 2009 at 12:29 am #14607hjlong3Participant
This bell is too large to be an animal bell unless it hung from a large ox. The steel loop appears as though it would be attached by a large leather strap to whatever it was attached. I suspect that it was hung from a wooden beam and was used as an alarm bell. It is an interesting bell, and we will probably never know its original function.
Harry Long, MD
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