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USS BATAAN - CVL 29
WWII and KOREA
AIRCRAFT CARRIER

 CEREMONIAL BELL
 
 
 
 
 
Presented is a WWII U.S. Navy ceremonial bell that was reportedly removed from the USS Bataan - CVL 29, by the officer in charge of her scrapping in 1961. The bell is engraved:
 
 



The bell is made from bronze. It hangs from a 90 degree cast bronze sea serpent bracket mounted on a varnished wood stand, with a handmade bellrope attached to its clapper. It likely was used in the ship's wardroom on "dinning in" or mess nights to announce guests and toasts. Expect to find minor casting imperfections, dents and abrasions for having served for years at sea under combat conditions.
 
PROVENANCE: It was purchased 30 years ago with a ship's flare gun and belaying pin from the company who handled the disposition of some of the assets of the estate, by the immediate past owner had them polished. It has been in his private collection until our purchase.
 
BRIEF HISTORY OF MESS NIGHTS: The compartment in which the officer's eat is commonly called the "wardroom". However, there is a tradition in the U.S. Naval Service called "dinning in" which follows the British custom for mess nights, and dates back to our Revolutionary days. Formal dinners in wardrooms afloat and messes are among the finest traditions of military institutions. The purpose of which was to gather "for an evening of good food, drinking, fellowship, and honoring the feats of individuals and organizations." In all instances of on-board entertaining, toasting with wine was very much a part of the formal dinner. Dr. John T. Bonner [Jr.] in an article ["Sober Reflections on a Mess Night,"] for [US Naval Institute] Proceedings [vol. 99, no.11 (Nov. 1973): 51-55], states that "toasting, which forms an integral part of mess nights, traces its antecedents back for probably half a millennium." After Navy Secretary "Joe" Daniels ended the "wine mess" which had only been permitted since 1893 aboard ship in 1914, the center of Naval social life shifted from the wardroom to the officers' club. Ships had otherwise been dry since the spirit ration was abolished in 1862.
 
Despite the obstacles of the twentieth century, the tradition of dining-in has not died out. Veterans of old days remember and revive the tradition at every opportunity. They recognize the important role these occasions play in preserving the traditions of Naval service.
 
DIMENSIONS:
 
Bell:     Mouth 7 1/4" diameter   Crown diameter 4 1/4"            
            Height to top of neck 7 1/4" 
 
Stand: 8 1/4" W x 11 1/2" D x 1 1/2" D    Height: 15 3/4"
Total weight: 18 lbs                                 Bell weight 9 1/2 lbs
                           Side view
                      Close-up of face
                               Rear view
                                  Back view
 
The Bataan was busy in the Pacific Theater of Operation throughout WW II and earned six battle stars and served again during the Korean War earning seven more. In 1954 she was sent to the Reserve Fleet, and in 1961 ordered to be scrapped. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Bataan_(CVL-29)
 
GUARANTEE OF SATISFACTION: You must be fully satisfied with your purchase on arrival and that our description is entirely accurate or your money back. The only conditions are that an email authorization be obtained within three days, and that the instrument is returned in its original condition and packaging, and insured for its full value. Unfortunately, shipping charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable unless we are at fault.
 
INTERNATIONAL BUYERS WELCOME, but inquire first. We have satisfied customers in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Democratic Republic of Congo, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Martinique, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Puerto Rico, Rumania, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, USVI and the Eastern Caribbean.
 

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OUR UNCONDITIONAL GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original packaging. Return items must be insured for their full value. A prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Unfortunately, shipping charges are not included in this offer and are non-refundable unless due to our error.

 This is an interesting U.S. Naval relic with known provenance. It should appeal to someone looking for an unusual Navy collectable.

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