I would like some information on a bell I recently aquired. The bell is brass or bronze, and measures 8 3/4 inches wide by 8 3/4 inches tall. A brass nut is affixed to a metal striker assembly, with striker missing. The inside of bell is painted red, with outside not painted. Two small pencil size holes are noted at each side of bell top, with a larger oblong hole at the vary top. The number 702 is stamped onto the top of bell. This bell has seen considerable use due to the numerous strike marks inside, and outside. Any help would be appreciated.
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This bell looks brass from the pic. The hole in the top throws me a little but maybe it was an exterior way to hang the clapper. As for the crack, its very very rare for small bells like teachers school bells to crack from their tiny clappers. I would think this bell has been in a fire and probably cold water went on it while it was very hot. cold against hot will crack metal.