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    • #11596

      Chris and Diane ask:

      This bell has been in our family for over 80 years. It weighs about 20 lbs and measures 10″ at its base, 5″ at the crown and is 7 1/2″ from bottom to crown and another 5″ to the top of the ring. My father found it on a beach in New England sometime between 1910 and 1920 (I think). Can you shed any light on its origin?

      If you can help, please post a reply.


    • #16040

      Apparently it was originally a U.S.Navy ship’s bell. The Navy seems to have bought bare bells and then engraved U.S.N. (and sometimes also the ship’s name) on them. If a bell had the maker’s identification in raised lettering (as was customary for most bellfoundries) then that was removed with a grinder before the bell was installed on the ship.

      Since your bell apparently does not have a ship’s name engraved on it, there is almost certainly no possibility of tracing it further.

      To find something this large and heavy on a beach, without any evidence of damage from being rolled through rocks and sand by the waves, it must have been part of a wrecked ship that had been beached.

    • #16041

      This bell would have been mounted from a steel cantilevered mount and not the loop that has been welded to the top.
      Harry Long, MD

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