S.F.C. CO. Bell
December 17, 2008 at 4:30 am #11016
Anyone out there have an idea where this bell was used?
It’s vital stats:
10 1/2″ long X 5″ wide X 4″ deep
Has “S.F.C. CO.” stamped on both of the “feet” (mounting brackets).
The ‘hammer’ sits between one of the arms and pivots when the chain is pulled to strike the bell on the outside.
Probably mounted with hammer side down, or possibly horizontally as that seems to work too.
I am thinking it was mounted on a wall as some sort of regular signal device. (i.e. call to dinner at a club?)
December 17, 2008 at 1:40 pm #14261hjlongMember
This is a San Francisco Cable Car Gong. It is used by the conductor, in the back of the cable car, to warn the gripmaster, in the front of the cable car, when people have finished boarding or departing. It mounts on the inside ceiling of the cable car above the gripmaster and is activated by the conductor pulling a cord that runs along the ceiling of the cable car. Assuming that this is an original, you’ve got a gem. Enjoy! There are reproductions available-see
. There is a larger gong that is mounted on the roof of the cable car over the gripmaster that is used to warn pedestrians and vehicles that the cable car is coming.
Harry Long, MD
December 17, 2008 at 2:07 pm #14262
You are a mine of great information, as usual! That makes a lot of sense!
Any Idea how I can find out if it’s a reproduction or original?
December 17, 2008 at 2:11 pm #14263hjlongMember
You might look at the web site. I errored in my e-mail above the site is http://www.cablecarstore.com and click on bells in the left hand column. It has replicas of both bells. I suspect that yours is one of these replicas because the activating mechanism has a brass chain like the replica conductor’s bell.
December 17, 2008 at 2:13 pm #14264
I was just about to message back to have you check the website!
December 17, 2008 at 2:18 pm #14265
I note that the bells on their website say “SF CO” on them. But the one I have says “S.F.C. CO.” .
Theirs also have much softer corners or edges than mine.
Would that be indicative of an original bell maybe? (or is it just wishful thinking on my part?)
December 18, 2008 at 2:14 am #14266Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
I thought you might be interested in seeing a picture of my cable car bell. It was in my mother’s collection but, off hand, I don’t know how old it is. I would guess that it is older than the one you have.
December 18, 2008 at 4:51 am #14267
Now that is one nice bell! The different metal colors look quite good together. Pretty fancy brackets too!
Thanks for showing it to me.
Looks like your lettering is SL ? San fransisco Line maybe?
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