I need help with this treasure I found. It is a bronze (I think) 4 layer bell with a wood base and no marks. Each bell makes a different tone. It stands approx 12″ tall and 8″ across base. The closest I could find was the older Sanctus or Communion Bells but all of those I’ve seen have 3 layers. I would like to know what type of bell it is, the approximate age and what would have been used to ring the bell. Thank you in advance!
This topic was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by queenbeet.
It would have been rung with a small hand-held mallet with a wood or composition head.
My best guess is that it might have been used as a dinner call bell in a mansion.
It is possible that there might be maker’s marks on the inside of one or more of the bells; but it may not be possible to disassemble them. That depends on whether the center post is screwed or riveted into the base.
Thank you for your information. I have disassembled it (screw on) and the only “mark” is a black number 33 written in black on the inside of each layer. Would you have a guess as to the approximate age or value? And where could I find an appropriate mallet. or do those mallets have a name that I could search for?