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Antique US NAVY Bronze Foredeck - Anchor Bell Ca 1899 All Original

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RARE U.S. NAVY ANCHOR ~ FOREDECK BELL COMPLETE
Ca 1899

Presented is a very early "foredeck" or "anchor watch" bell which we date to the Turn of the 20th Century. It is very similar to the one that we sold to the main U.S. Military Command in Thailand last year. It has been brightly polished and lacquered, is in pristine condition, and suitable for a retirement gift, presentation, or Naval ceremonies. It comes with the rarely found "shoe" in which the hanging bracket fits that are typically left with the ship. The original clapper has a seaman like fancy bell rope attached adds a perfect touch. The two ribbed bands at the top of the bell circumscribing the crown and the two bands at around the mouth of the bell dates it from the Turn of the 20th Century or earlier.
 

                       An impressive gift or ceremonial bell

 
 
The molded in place USN marks it as an original and not an engraved copy. Bells of this unique design are very scarce, and those that have their mounting shoe and bracket are scarcer still. The vertical bracket allows them only to be mounted on a pedestal or deck, hence they are known as anchor or foredeck bells. This example has been mounted on an oval wood stand for display which is included along with a proper white macramé bell rope.
 
The tone of a proper Navy bell, made using a special "bell metal" formula is exceptional. It has a strong resonance that once heard will never be forgotten. Do not expect cheap imitations to have this distinctive ring because "bell metal" is a specially formulated bronze alloy, unique to the Navy for this highly specialized use.
 
                                Side view
                              Back view
 

               Well worn insignia from polishing
DIMENSIONS:

BELL:
Diameter at crown 5 1/2"
Diameter at mouth 9 3/4" Height to crown 7" Height overall 17 1/2"
OVAL WOOD STAND: 16 " L x 12" D x 3/4" T  Weight: 34 pounds
 
CONDITION: Near perfect with a couple of small dings and very minor pits. The washer at the top is a stainless replacement as is the nut. Highly polished and lacquered. The inside of the bell shows the marks of the clapper hitting the edge and flattening it which means that this bell has served at sea. Comes with original mounting shoe and a fancy white bell rope. No bell has the sound of a Navy bell's strong vibration, resonate ring and long duration of sound.

                       Looks great from any angle


Buy this outstanding example of a rare US Navy bell Now! What a great find for that special collection that includes only the finest and most unusual.
The stand makes it ideal for display or as a presentation!
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