Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums General `Bell Stuff` Nickel over brass 7.75 inch bell with DC volt clapper

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    • #25210
      Billbell
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      This bell belonged to my grandfather and I always thought I would use it as a gong for a large clock.It is 7 3/4inches at the base and 8.5 inches tall.It weighs 7lbs 10 oz and has a great shine.The clapper is activated by a DC volt relay.It has a beautiful tone.I see no name but it does say 2 volts.I would like to know what it was used for and maybe when it was made and where.

    • #25212
      Garry
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      Bill,
      Is it possible to get a few photos of the bell?
      Perhaps of the mounting area?
      And one of the underside?
      It would help, I suspect!
      Thanks
      Garry

    • #25216
      DavidE
      Keymaster

      Hello Billbell

      The maximum file size you can upload is 512KB
      The simplest website for resizing that I have found is …
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      In step 4 “Save As” – enter 512 in MaxFilesize box
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      You will find the picture renamed as rsz_original name

      Hope this helps
      David

      • #25218
        Billbell
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        Thank you so much with my daughter’s help I think I can try the pictures again.

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    • #25223
      Garry
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      Thanks Bill Bell!

      I hope that others will jump in and give their thoughts too, as this isn’t a bell type that I am overly familiar with. But that said, I’ll give you my thoughts.

      1. The loop hanger is much less common for this size of bell. Most are tabs or more solid connections for a working bell (one used for every day functions). The bell style can be found in an online image search but none I have come across show that kind of hanger.

      2. The electric clapper used looks like it rests against the bell when not activated. Again this is unusual. One wants a bell to vibrate evenly usually and holding a chunk of metal against the side would tend to dampen out the sound. (let me know if the observation is wrong, it could be just the camera angle.)

      3. You state it’s nickle plated. Pretty much only bells used for show are so treated. You would see them in passenger areas of ships, for example. They wouldn’t generally do that for every day use bells.

      So my current working suggestion is that you likely have a bell with a screw top mounting that was modified with a loop hanger to be hung from a metal pipe (also probably chromed) as a piece to be both functional and decorative. I have seen similar bell designs (loop and plated but w/o the electric striker) used in places like golf courses (to alert players), government buildings, marinas that sort of thing. I don’t see any reason why they couldn’t or wouldn’t electrify the clapper, except for cost, so I suggest this is where it was likely used.

      Family history might suggest something too. For example if the prior owner worked at a golf course…

      I’ll include an image of the mounting type I think it originally had, for you to compare to yours, below.

      Garry

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      • #25226
        Billbell
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        The clapper does not rest against the bell but when I took the picture it was upside down and gravity caused it to rest against the bell.Sorry but my grandfather never golfed,he was a designer of scales for Toledo Scales.I did try attaching a low dc voltage and it rings rapidly.It looks like the clapper can be regulated.Thank you for all your help.

    • #25228
      Garry
      Participant

      You are welcome! Let us know if you find out anything else.
      I’ll let you know if I think of or find out anything else.
      Garry

    • #25992
      bleuwayne
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      The bell may have been part of a set of tuned bells for a doorbell. I have a set of bells that are played by an electric clapper.
      See photo

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    • #25996
      Garry
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      Now that is a cool set! I still suspect it’s a door bell (the original one you asked about) but these bell chimes do look like a fine matched musical set! They are a bit big/bulky for a door bell though. It would be fantastic to get them working again.

      There are quite a number of interesting musical bell and bell like instruments out there. There is even a guy in Russia who makes a ‘flat plate bell’ form that get’s played by buskers etc. The plates sit hanging on a frame and are tuned so that there are about 5 strike points, each with a different harmonic or note! Youtube has them if you search.

      The set you just pictured looks like a small carillon set (I am likely spelling it wrong I think, sigh, “lousy speller – I am!” as Yoda would say) either for a small church or portable instrument to play or something like that I would think.

      I have heard larger versions of this in the maritimes and they sound fantastic. They have enough notes on those sets that they actually play recognizable tunes.

      Nice!
      Garry

      • #25997
        bleuwayne
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        The clock collector I bought these from told me they came from a school. The bells were mounted in a hallway and the box and clockwork were in the admin. office. I am hoping to assemble everything onto a wall hanging for display and operation. The contactor cylinder is (I think) for Westminister chime.
        If I can complete I will post photos.
        Wayne

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