Antique Large and Heavy Brass Hand Bell w/ Iron Ball Clapper Metal Capped Wooden Handle
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Description: An antique large and heavy brass bell having a wooden handle. The bell's handle is made of what we believe could be walnut wood and has a metal cap on its top. The bell has an iron ball clapper attached to a ferrous thin rod which is attached to the top of the interior 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 a brass ring on the top of the bell. The brass portion has two incised circles near the bottom and two incised circles on the top of the bell. The handle a bulge at the top and fits nicely in your hand. The bell is unmarked and has a beautiful ring. The brass portion has a nice patina, or possibly is dirty and stained from years of use. On the other hand, the wood handle has a nice age patina from years of use. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain but most likely mid to late-1800's.
Origin: Purchased in an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
Size: The bell measures ~9 3/4" high while the base is ~5 3/4” in diameter and the piece weighs about two pound and two ounces.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a nice antique bell with an iron ball clapper 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 portion 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 iron clapper and has some dings and scratches to the wood at the top of the handle. There is also remnants of an old label on the inside of the bell near the edge. Be that as it may, the piece is solid, has a nice ring and is great looking. Please see photos for additional condition information.