Antique Brass Call or Tap Bell Floral Reticulated Design Base
Description: An antique brass tap or call bell with a nice ornate Victorian reticulated floral design base. The bell itself is undecorated and is domed shaped with a central push button to ring it. The clapper is conical in shape and hangs form a thin rod which moves when the top button is pushed. The bell has a notation indicating that it has a patent Filed on March 29th 1864 along the edge of the central sleeve from which the button extends. These bells were very common in the mid to late 1800s and were used extensively on hotel desks. This bell has a small cast clapper and gives a very nice ring. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Mid- to late-1800's.
Origin: Purchased from an estate in the Philadelphia area.
Size: Measures ~2 3/4" in diameter at the base, with the bell itself measuring ~2 1/2" in diameter and the entire piece being ~4 3/4" high with the top button being fully extended. The piece weighs a bit over 7 ounces.
Marks: Has waht we believe are the following writing along the edge of the central extension of the bell "PAT IED MARCH 29TH 1864" which we interpret as being patent applied for March 29th 1864.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: An antique and rather interesting and different piece with a very nice ring. It would make a great addition to any tap or call bell collection.
Condition: The bell is in good condition. It is heavily soiled and would benefit from a good cleaning, but we leave that to the new owner. The ringing mechanism works, but gets stuck and does not move very freely, most likely because it has too much soiling in it. Again, an issue which would benefit from a good cleaning. The piece is intact with no breaks or repairs, dings, and no losses. This is a rather smaller bell both in size and weight. Please see photos for additional condition information.