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    • #26989
      brivede24
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      My husband found this bell at a garage sale and I have done a lot of research and cannot find out anything about it. I wrote to a bell collector and he said he found it most peculiar and told me to send the pictures to you and he was sure I would get some answers. The entire bell with handle is 10-1/2 inches high. The handle itself is 5-1/4 inches the bell itself is 5-1/2 inches. I have attached several pictures. Thank you so much for your help. I do have more pictures if you need them.

      • This topic was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by DavidE.
    • #26996
      brivede24
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      My husband found this bell at a garage sale and I have done a lot of research and cannot find out anything about it. I wrote to a bell collector and he said he found it most peculiar and told me to send the pictures to you and he was sure I would get some answers. The entire bell with handle is 10-1/2 inches high. The handle itself is 5-1/4 inches the bell itself is 5-1/2 inches. I have attached several pictures. Thank you so much for your help. I do have more pictures if you need them.

    • #26997
      brivede24
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      I cannot get the pictures to download off my iPad Pro, any ideas would be appreciated

    • #27189
      Garry
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      brivede,

      Unfortunately there isn’t a lot we can do without the photos and more description. Is there anyone you can access locally to upload them? It shouldn’t be a problem with the computer. If you keep getting a message from here saying they are too big, then you have to reduce the image size. Use something like http://picresize.com/ to do that. Or use an online file transfer service to allow larger photos.

      Can you tell what the bell is made of? You don’t say if it’s metal, glass, ceramic or some combination of…
      If metal, can it hold a strong magnet anywhere on it? (indicates iron content.)
      What color is it?

      The bell size you give is a reasonably common size for a hand bell.

      Garry

    • #27213
      brivede24
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      When I received the above message I sent several pictures back, did you receive them?

    • #27226
      Garry
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      Oddly enough no. I did not even get a message that you replied, which DOES normally occur.
      Please try again to the following address:

      e-mail: temp.gdm@fastmail.fm (yes the periods are there!)

      I just had another person from this site send to that address and it worked.
      Don’t forget to say it’s from brivede24 so that I know it’s you!

      Thanks
      Garry

    • #27232
      Garry
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      Here are the bell photos that brivede24 wanted posted!

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    • #27237
      Garry
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      Here are the bell photos that brivede24 wanted posted!

      It’s interesting with the sealed bottom and the clapper attachment spot that shows the clapper can be moved to different positions or, perhaps, multiple clappers installed for a chime effect.

      I haven’t found it in my books yet, but it looks like a musical bell (for a band) to me at this point.

      I still have a number of books to research but perhaps one of our other members can help identify it.

      Garry

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    • #27241
      Garry
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      here is the top of the bell and the top of the handle.

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    • #27308
      Garry
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      brivede,
      Bet you thought I forgot about you! Nope, just been very very very busy. I’ve been looking through my old books and so far no match. I also have a few years of bell talk back issues, but that is going to take a lot of time, some are so old they are mimeographed not printed!!!

      I notice where the clapper attaches to the handle that the disk appears to have 3 tab spots equally placed around it that allow it to be removed. Question: How does the clapper attach on the other side of the holes? (you may not have to open, read on!)

      In particular, since the clapper hanger appears to be a stiff wire, I am wondering if it would slide down inside the holes or does it remain extended when turned over. If it does, the design strongly suggests to me that you are looking at an early form of a (semi)professional bell ringer musical bell, something like the photo below. Yours has a sealed bell skirt though, which would partially dampen the sound reverberations, although the ‘ripples’ would help offset that like in a loud speaker cone. The different clapper mounting holes would possibly allow for multiple clappers and moving a clapper around, each position or form giving a different sound.

      I say semi-professional as I suspect that this is from a classroom set and the cover was meant to keep fingers away from the clapper until the player was better trained.

      I will keep looking but this is what I feel we are looking at so far, from my reading.

      Garry

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    • #27338
      Garry
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      I tried to short cut this search by contacting a member who has some better experience with musical handbells, but they didn’t recognize it either.

      Still looking!
      Garry

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