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: