Gotten quiet on the board again! So here’s another bell.
I suspect it’s a small ship’s bell with an unusual mounting handle. At least I haven’t seen one like this before.
6″ diameter, 4″ to the shoulder. All brass except flat bar handle which holds a magnet.
There is a hole in the handle (and a wood screw taped over it).
It appears to be mounted to the top of something so that it overhangs. The clapper inside is designed so that a vertical pull will swing the ball against the side. So the bell could be hung from a deck roof for example, with the cord hanging to a reachable level.
I don’t think it is overly old, but the handle and clapper arraignment I thought interesting.
Any other observations out there?
This appears to be a spun brass bell that is sold as a “Patio Bell”. The steel mounting bracket would not be used at sea on a yacht bell as it would rapidly corrode in the sea air. It is used to tell guests when the steaks are done.
Definitely Spun Brass Harry!
I would believe you on the home use too. I re-read my original posting and see where I meant to say “Ships bell style” and omitted the last word. Thought it, just didn’t say it! Good Catch.
What I found unusual was the way it was to be hung though. It’s clearly meant to be affixed to the TOP of something like a flat roof line. Most bells are wall hung (bracket mounts to wall in a half hoop type loop). This is the first one I have seen in this style.
The ring is slightly tinny as I don’t think the bell has been adjusted for tone – it’s too light. Just another sign it’s a mass produced home piece.
I also noted, but did not mention, the line on the mounting bracket on the top. I believe that represents the edge of the roof for mounting purposes.
Thanks for your reply!