Antique Brass Hand Bell Iron Clapper and Walnut Wood Handle
Description: An antique brass bell having a wooden handle. The bell's handle is made of what we believe is walnut wood and has a brass nut cap on the top. The bell has an iron clapper with a flat disk like shape attached to a long rod, which is inserted with a loop on the interior at the top of the bell. The exterior of the bell is flared at the bottom in a typical hand bell shape. The bell is attached to the handle with what looks like a brass ring. The brass portion has an incised circle near the bottom and that is the only decoration on the brass. The handle itself is also decorated with three incised lines near the top. The bell is unmarked and has a beautiful ring. The brass portion has an nice age patina as does the wooden handle. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain but most likely late 1800's.
Origin: Purchased in an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: The bell measures ~7 1/2" high while the base is ~4” in diameter and the piece weighs slightly over one pound.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a nice antique bell with a solid brass ringer and having a beautiful ring. It would make a worthy addition to your collection.
Condition: This bell is in excellent condition with no dings, breaks or repairs. It does have general minor scratches commensurate with its age and use. It has general soiling especially on the handle and the brass ringer and could probably benefit from a good cleaning, but we leave that to the discretion of the new owner. It also shows some signs of surface oxidation on the top of the inside (see next to last photo), on the iron clapper, and has some dings to the top edge of the handle (see last photo). Be that as it may, the piece is solid and has developed a nice and warm age patina, which gives it a great look. Please see photos for additional condition information.