I recently purchased this “J. Shaw” “Bradford” bell at an estate sale. It is a little less than 8″ in diameter and has a very nice embossed leather handle. It also has an “A” on the handle. I think that it is bronze?
I know nothing at all about bells and would just like to know where and when it is from, what it is for and if it is valuable or not.
The leather handle and handguard appear dry and should be oiled,
but other readers may more properly give advice on this than I,
as this is well out of my general area.
If possible, you might also post a well-illuminated picture of the interior.
There should be some kind of stop on each side so that the clapper will
rebound slightly after striking the bell so as to not damp the vibrations.
Different manufacturers used different methods.