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    • #10725
      bob slivka

      i purchased a small brass bell at an antique store, and was informed that it was probably a hotel desk bell.

      the bell is about 4 inches high and 3 1/2 inches in diameter (see photo below).

      i have tried locating information on this bell without success. any informatin anyone can provide on the name of the manufacturer, approximate date of production, probable use etc. would be greatly appreciated.

      thank you.

      bob slivka

    • #13393
      Carolyn Whitlock


      Here is a picture of my bell that has the same base as yours, the same kind of snap clapper, and the same kind of shaft that holds the bell. I thought you might like to see it even though I don’t know anything more about it except that it is silver plate.

    • #13394
      bob slivka


      many thanks for responding to my post. glad to know my bell has a “sister”.

      guess we both still need answers about our bells. let’s keep each other posted if we get any answers.

      happy holidays.


    • #13395
      Carolyn Whitlock


      It’s a deal! I know there are ABA members out there who can tell us more about our bells! Now it’s a matter of getting them to post what they know!

      Thank you — Happy Holidays to you, too!

    • #13396

      ABA Member Wayne Babbit is an expert on tap bells and may be able to identify these bells by manufacturer. I don’t know whether he views the web site or not, but if so, he may help you.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13397

      I have the same bell.

      From somewhere, I have a 2-page article entitled 19TH CENTURY CALL BELLS IN SILVERPLATE.
      Author: E. P. Hogan with illistrations from catalogs in the INTERNATIONAL SILVER COMPANY HISTORICAL

      The article was published April 1979 in the SPINNING WHEEL
      Your bell appears to be illustration #500.

      Jim Grigg, Sosuthern Bells

    • #13398

      Rob from Canada says:

      This bell is #300 from the Meridan Britannia Company’s 1861 catalogue. It could be older than that, or they could have produced them for an additional number of years, but it is definitely old.

      Thanks, Rob!

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