I’ve got this bell, which I acquired in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Solid brass, with the exception of the bell’s yoke, which is iron. The bell is stamped at the top “James P. Allaire NY [New York] 1839”. There are also, what appears to be, two more engraved numbers; one is “106” and the other is “100”. I know it’s a ship’s bell, and I know all about James P. Allaire. That said, I cannot seem to find any information about any bells he created for his steamboat ships. Any thoughts?
If needed, I can provide more photos.
Very interesting! While I can’t answer your question about ship’s bells, I can tell you that the C-shaped iron piece sticking up at the top is the broken stump of the original rope lever for swinging the bell.
It’s strange that the top of the bell is such a very different color from the body. Has that been painted? Photos of the numbers you mentioned would be of interest, too.
I acquired it as is, but would recon that it has been painted. Despite and except for the paint job, I feel strongly that the bell is all original. There is the described stamps on it. The “106” stamp is both on the yellow piece, and the bell itself, leading me to think its a parts number. (They’re kind of hard to make out, but you can see it in the center of each photo)
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