Here’s a bell I hope someone out there can help me on.
I have done some preliminary research, but it all leads me to Italy.
Unfortunately, I don’t speak, read, or write Italian!
I have found the website of this bell:
It’s the 89th Rotary Club and was founded in BORGOMANERO ARONA in ’54.
(So it’s obviously a 10th anniversary commemorative bell)
The site talks about the initial founders and a few such details, but says nothing about the bell.
It appears to be cast, the mold lines are still visible on the 3 loop top (look closely and you will see it!)
The inside is rough like you would expect but appears to have a coat of gold paint on it.
I’d like to know a bit more about the bell – typically these could be presentation pieces as easily as souvenir pieces sold to members. Which is it?
It also shows a glue mark above the lettering (the letters are molded on the bell as part of the pour). I suspect that it was a GEAR icon similar to the one on the website certificate document, but I don’t know for sure – nor what colors it may have sported etc. back then. Ideally I’d like to find a contemporary replacement to make the bell ‘whole’ again.
Alternatively the spot might also be where a small presentation plaque might easily have been placed! For example these may (and I am guessing here!) have been presented to the original founders, so a founder’s name may have been here originally.
slightly magnetic (possibly the eye bolt for the clapper)
2 and 5/8″ in diameter and just under 3″ high.
Any insights on this one out there?