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    • #11458

      Hi –

      I am a newcomer here because I have been given a bell that I’d like to learn more about. Fittingly the bell comes from my “Aunt Bel” who was quite the collector, but I don’t believe she had a bell collection per se. She spent most of her life in Pittsburgh, PA. The rumor is that her bell is from a ship, but I don’t know if that is true or not.

      The bell is 9 3/4 inches in diameter and 7 1/2 inches tall (not including the yoke/frame). The bell and yoke appear to be brass?

      I see no markings on it whatsoever even after several inspections under good lighting. It rings fine to my uneducated ears.

      I guess the below pictures speak for themselves, but there is a threaded hole on the bottom if that gives any indication as to its use/mounting.


      I’d appreciate anyone’s insight as to:
      – type of bell/use
      – age
      – material
      – maker
      – value

      Thanks very much for taking a look at my bell today.


    • #15825

      This bell appears to be brass and the bracket is darker and possibly bronze. the base is unusual and appears to be designed to fit a round post. Although the bracket looks like a railroad bell, the bell is thin and probably was made as a patio bell. It was probably made in the 1950s. I do not know the manufacturer, but many brass bells of this type were made in Asia, India, or Taiwan.
      Harry Long, MD

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