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    • #12329
      bocce1
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      Hello, I have been searching for some time for a US Navy bel. A bell in my price range will probably need restored or at the least cleaned up. I came across one on ebay and think I will bid on it, but I was hoping for some advice from the members on the forum as to the condition of the bell and if it is a good choice for restoration. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. The attachment below is for the listing on ebay. Ok they won’t allow me to add the attachment – it says the webarchive is not allowed. Here is the ebay item number: 331037501696. I know this is a bit of an inconvenience, but any help would be appreciated. Below is the address for the site, I’m not sure if it will become a link or not.

      Thanks!

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/331037501696?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

    • #17643
      Willie B. Herd
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      B, The link worked, and I rate the overall condition as poor. It’s difficult to tell for sure, but I see some hair-line cracks in the pic showing the large section of bare metal….not to mention some dings and dents, and the broken mounting bracket.
      The measurements given DO NOT match the Naval Standard. Also, the bell SHOULD BE made of BRASS, but appears to be made of steel, and I believe it was painted or treated to look like old brass. (A steel bell is easily cleaned by sand-blasting….also walnut shells, or plastic beads are sometimes used as they are less abrasive.)

      It’s possible that this bell is an authentic U.S.N bell, but I doubt it. My advice to you is do not purchase it, and shop around some more. IF the bell isn’t authentic, it’s already overpriced….also, another U.S.N bell listed there for $1,200 is also way overpriced. 💡 Try the FOR SALE Section here as well. Good luck!

    • #17644
      nightflier51
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      Its true that the Navy ships bells were of brass but the Navy department during world war 2 made a contract with cs bell co of Hillsboro ohio to make steel alloy bells for vessels. The bronze and brass was need to make shells and cs bell had an alloy of iron that would actually penetrate the fogs with their schrill rings. They had a sharper more far reaching sound than mellowed bronze or brass. Yes there are some collectable steel Navy vessel bells out there. If you see one at a bargain, grab it. I think the largest they had was around 9 or 10 inches steel.

    • #17645
      RockinEZ
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      If you are really interested in a restored U.S. Navy bell email me at RockinEZ@cox.net
      If a member wants a U.S. Navy bell, members can provide.
      This is an altruistic offer, and I do not want to break any of the Bell Talk rules.

    • #17646
      RockinEZ
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      @nightflier51 wrote:

      Its true that the Navy ships bells were of brass but the Navy department during world war 2 made a contract with cs bell co of Hillsboro ohio to make steel alloy bells for vessels. The bronze and brass was need to make shells and cs bell had an alloy of iron that would actually penetrate the fogs with their schrill rings. They had a sharper more far reaching sound than mellowed bronze or brass. Yes there are some collectable steel Navy vessel bells out there. If you see one at a bargain, grab it. I think the largest they had was around 9 or 10 inches steel.

      The C.S. Bell and his alloy are a very interesting story any bell person should look up. How his Granddaughter Virginia approached BuShips by herself pre WWII and told them they had a copper problem, and she had iron that could ring like a bell….

      During WWII if you looked up and found your ship’s bell was iron, you were expendable.

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