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      This Bronze Bell is 10″ thick including mounting base.
      It is !4″ in diameter, 15″ in diameter with the rotating ring.
      It looks like a large hamburger or flying saucer from the side.;
      It was from an elementary school built in the late teens about 1918.
      The school was on the West Coast in Washington State.

      Our Heritage Museum has restored the bell, accessioning it into the collection.
      We are developing a local schools exhibit, which will feature this artifact.

      Our online efforts to even identify what type of bell this is brought us to American Bell Association.

      We are looking to find a name for this type of bell, manufacturer info, specifications, technical information.

      We are a small community museum. VashonHeritage.org

      Thank you,
      Reed Fitzpatrick
      Board trustee

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      Neil Goeppinger

      Your bell is a gong. They were usually made from about 9″ for a small one up to 18″ for a large one (those are the diameters of the part that rings). They were made of either bronze (mixture of copper and tin) or brass (mixture of copper and zinc) for the large ones, and sometimes the small ones were made of iron or steel. Most were bronze. When they were silver in color, they were plated over the bronze or brass with either nickel or chrome. They were often used for schools, Sunday schools, and boxing rings. My church still has one for the Sunday school. Yours appears to have an unusual ringing mechanism. When the arm is moved, does the part with the loose washers spin so the washers strike rapidly against the bowl of the bell? That is how I interpreted the mechanism based on your pictures. In a boxing bell, a spring is depressed until it is released and a small hammer strikes the bowl once on either the inside or outside. Sometimes, it is struck with a hand held hammer. The New York Stock Exchange has a large gong which is rung rapidly in a manor similar to how I believe your gong works.
      — Neil Goeppinger

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