I just acquired this neat bell, along the lines of the much larger “pull” chain bell I posted earlier.
It’s about 4 inches across, the Bell is brass with a built in nut on it, the innards are Iron. It’s a miniature version of the larger bell, with a pull line that trips the spring loaded lever to run the clapper into the bell.
It’s a door bell, hangs on the wall via two screw hole points, and has patent dates in the 1870’s. Since the progression on the patents are yearly, it’s probably 1874 in it’s construction date.
A very nice bell, wonderful patina, sharp loud tone. I find it interesting how they decorated around the patent dates with a raised bead pattern.
Any ideas out there on manufacturer?
Here’s the shot of the inside!
This doorbell usually has a lever that attaches through the outside of the door and has a ceramic knob on it that is pushed to ring the bell. Another version had a knob on a levet that was rotated to ring the bell. Do you have the lever and knob? This style doorbell usually did not have a pull cord to activate the ringing mechanism. Yours, on the other hand, appears to have a cord that activates the ringing mechanism. I believe that the bell was probably manufactured by the Gong Bell Manufacturing Company of East Hampton, CT. You may wish to research pattent records for the details.
Harry Long, MD
No knob, I am aware of those ones but have been unable to chase one down yet. The only one I know of right now for sale, is missing the outside the door knob and hardware.
It is definitely a pull cord type – I have not seen one this small before.
I have never tried to look up a patent before, but don’t you need the number? I don’t see that on the bell, just the patent dates.