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    • #12154
      GomezWY
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      I picked this up at an estate sale last summer and have no idea what it is. I just thought it was cool. Any help identifying it would be greatly appreciated.

      It’s about 11 inches in length. Maybe 3 1/2 inches across. There are no identifying marks (stamps, names, numbers, etc.) anywhere. It has a tinny, non-musical sound so assume it’s more for getting people’s attention than anything else. I saw a similar one on eBay that said it was a steamship bell so, being in Wyoming, I thought mine could be related to the railroad. However, the two halves of the “steamship bell” were parallel to the handle while mine are perpendicular to the handle.

      This is the bell completely dismantled:

      A close-up of the inside of the top half and the inner workings:

    • #17193
      Garry
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      What a great bell!

      Have a look at a google search for “muffin bell”!

      Typically there are two sizes, one smaller for children to play with and the other larger used as a hand fire/alarm bell.

      I have been looking for one for my collection for a while, so they are relatively rare. You have a great find!
      Garry

    • #17194
      GomezWY
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      Thanks for the quick reply and for solving my problem.

      I’m thinking this is probably a kid’s toy based on the size and the fact that it doesn’t look like it would be as loud as some of the others I’ve seen.

    • #17195
      Willie B. Herd
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      Yes, a great find….it may be a child’s toy, but it’s bigger than most of those I’ve seen.

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