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Large WW II Destroyer Size US Navy Bell
This Great Bell Has Been Sold
WW II U.S. NAVY DESTROYER SIZE BELL
Partial Hanger and Fancy Bell Rope Included!
Presented is a very rare WW II or earlier Navy
bell engraved USN on its face, and with the raised bands that signify it was made around the turn of the 20th Century.
The bell measures 15 1/2 inches wide at the mouth and stands 14 inches tall over all. It weighs an estimated 75 pounds and
is all bronze. This is the only bell of this size and type that we have ever had available for sale. Furthermore, we
have never seen an American bell of this size or design offered for sale elsewhere. For a size comparison, see the
picture of it alongside the Navy 20 pound foredeck and anchor bells that have been our specialty. It is new to the market
and was handed down in the same family since the 1970's, having originally hung in barn and used
to announce meal time and special events. If polished as it would have been when in Navy service, the bell will be even
more impressive. Please feel free to inquire about this worthwhile option which includes a lacquer coating.
The Navy uses an alpha numeric system to
classify their bells by size, weight, and musical tone key. On commissioned vessels that have a name and hull number,
the name will appear on the bell. The size and weight of the bells increase with the size and displacement of the ship. The
numerical number are 1 through 9 and include all vessels under 1000 tons displacement, unless they are of a class of destroyer
over 700 tons, which is size 7. Hence, the Fletcher Class destroyer, USS Hudson
(DD-475) launched 3 June 1942, had a bell exactly like this one as shown in the picture at left. This bell being unnamed is
consistent with the specifications of a size 8 Navy bell covering vessels over 700 tons and under 1000 tons. The
letters A through E of the system include vessels over 1000 tons and up.
1. The bell comes with a 6" x 1/8"
circular brass plate used to secure it when hanging.
2. A 5 1/2 inch cross bar with a flange to accept the bell's neck that can be extend.
3. A period correct large, fancy bell rope,
a $300.00 value
NOW HARD TO FIND: All U.S. Navy
bells are now becoming very scarce, and difficult to find. This one is the only one of its size that we have ever
offered. Our regular size Navy bells are on this page, http://landandseacollection.com/id276.html
The U.S.N. imprint is clearly seen here
NAVY BELLS RING WITH DISTINCTION:There is nothing comparable to the sound
of a Navy bell. The use of a special "bell metal" formula produces a clear, sharp ring and sets up a strong
reverberation that has a strong resonance that once heard will never be forgotten. Cheap imitations can never achieve this
distinctive ring because "bell metal" is a specially formulated bronze alloy, unique to the Navy for this highly
bell showing large clapper
at crown 7 1/2" Diameter at mouth 15 1/2" Height to crown 10" Height overall 14"
appears to be in perfect condition. There are no known defects. It has a few superficial and minor scrapes
and some light paint splatter and minor drippings. It can be polished and lacquered at extra cost on
Left and right side of bell
are in perfect condition
Looking down on the front of the bell showing some paint splatter
UNCONDITIONAL NO NONSENSE GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned within five
days of receipt in its original packaging if without damage. Return items must be insured for their full value. Only a prior
email authorization from us for the return is required. Shipping charges are included in this offer within the continental
United States if an error is due to our fault.
& PACKING: The cost of shipping, packing, handling, and insurance to your destination is an additional charge.
This large, heavy bell will require special handling. Please inquire for options.
OF PAYMENT are Bank wire transfer, cashier's check, or personal check in which case the item will be held until
cleared. Our prices are quoted net to seller, but credit cards may be accepted through PayPal for verified members by special
arrangement. Overseas purchases are by wire transfer.
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