Here’s one I could use some direction on. I don’t have much to go on, other than it was apparently collected in the mid west.
It was never a ‘ringing’ bell but rather a bell shaped commemorative item.
It’s brass, 1 7/8 diameter by 1 3/4 inches tall. The hanger on the top is only a design molded into the bell form. The style of bell and handle suggest to me a school or similar public building. There never was a clapper hung inside.
It has a lozenge affixed to it reading OLD Central and the dates *1868*1910* in the center.
It strongly appears to be a paperweight or decorative only form.
Any ideas out there as to what it is commemorating? There are a lot of buildings in the U.S.A. that seem to go by the term “old central” so that’s not helping much. I wrote to the Old Central railway, on the off chance it was a commemorative of theirs but they said ‘no it’s not’.