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    • #10546
      R.Uritis
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      Just found an old Perko ship’s bell complete with mounting bracket and dove-tailed wall mount. Cast into the bell’s head, inside, is “Perko 150-10” The diameter at the mouth is 9.75 inches and the weight is 19 lbs.

      I have noticed current, new, Perko bells marked “150-10” that are 8 inches in diameter, but none this dimension.

      This bell has a loud, clear and long ringing sound. Does anyone have knowledge of Perko’s operaton? I know Perko sold many cast brass and bronze boat fittings, but I don’t know if Perko was a foundry or if they had their items made by sub-contractors. If you know who cast Perko’s bells, I would appreciate learning about it.

      Thanks, Robert

    • #13010
      Rita Walker
      Member
      R.Uritis wrote:
      Just found an old Perko ship’s bell complete with mounting bracket and dove-tailed wall mount. Cast into the bell’s head, inside, is “Perko 150-10” The diameter at the mouth is 9.75 inches and the weight is 19 lbs.

      I have noticed current, new, Perko bells marked “150-10” that are 8 inches in diameter, but none this dimension.

      This bell has a loud, clear and long ringing sound. Does anyone have knowledge of Perko’s operaton? I know Perko sold many cast brass and bronze boat fittings, but I don’t know if Perko was a foundry or if they had their items made by sub-contractors. If you know who cast Perko’s bells, I would appreciate learning about it.

      Thanks, Robert[/quote[[/list]

    • #13011
      Rita Walker
      Member

      With regard to the “Perko” bell. I replied to your request earlier, but I cannot locate it, so I don’t think it got posted. I’ll try once again.
      If you can go on the WEB you will find the Company listed there at:
      Perko.com. They are celebrating their 100th year, and there’s a lot of material to read about them, and their founder whose name is “Perkins”.
      You can request a catalog through the WEB site, or you can write to them at: 16490 N. W. 13th Ave., Miama, FL 33169. You can also phone them at: 305) 621-7525.
      When I peeked in on their site I saw a boat bell. I’m familiar with that style as we bought and sold many of them when we were in business.
      If my memory serves me still….it is not a cast bell, right? I would caution you that there are many bells being produced today that have popular names engraved on them. It’s a selling point. If you’re looking for an authentic “Perko”, then I would contact the company and inquire if they ever made a bell with their name on it. That way you will know for sure.

    • #13012
      R.Uritis
      Participant

      Rita,

      Thanks for the information. I did indeed find the catalog and was able to download the current Perko bell page. It, unfortunately, does not answer my questions regarding castings and age.

      I suspect I will simply call Perko to see what I can find out.

      R.

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