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ANTIQUE U.S. NAVY BELL Ca 1890

 

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ANTIQUE U.S. NAVY BELL
Ca 1890

front view of early Navy foredeck bell image

Presented

is a very early "foredeck" or "anchor watch" bell which we date to the Spanish-American War Era. It is very similar to the ones that we have been selling to Naval Commands for ceremonial use over the last few years. The difference is it shows some small casting imperfections and pitting along the rim and is quite rough on the inside. We believe this to be the result of stepped up war production, and think these marks add to its rugged good looks. The heavily chiseled USN stands out and sets this bell apart from the others which have the signature upper and lower ribbed bands or beading that are only found on bells from the Turn of the 20th Century or earlier. 
 
The Navy keeps its bells polished so this bell has been brightly polished and lacquered and then it is mounted on a custom wood stand with a finely made macramé bell rope attached. It is in fine condition, and suitable for naval ceremonies or as a retirement gift or for presentation. The clapper and nut with integral washer are original.
 
 

Note the pitting along the lower rim image

Leftside view. Note the pitting along the lower rim

 
 
NAVY FOREDECK BELLS: Bells of this unique early design are very scarce, and are becoming scarcer as time passes. The inverted "J" vertical bracket means they need to be mounted on a pedestal or deck rarther than a bulkhead so they usually are mounted at the bow. Therefore they are known as anchor or foredeck bells.
 
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.
 
The specifications also include that the casting is to be homogeneous in character and free from internal stresses or strains which may cause the bell to crack.  It shall possess a full, clear, round, and far – reaching tone of keys indicated in these specifications. For smaller vessels the sound is "A" and "A Flat".
 
Inside of bell shows unusual roughness image
                               Inside view shows roughness
 

Back view showing bend
               View from the rear shows a bend which shows it was hard to remove from the ship's deck plating
DIMENSIONS:

BELL:
Diameter at crown 5"
Diameter at mouth 9 1/2" Height to crown 6 5/8" Height overall 16"
OVAL WOOD STAND: 16 " L x 12" D x 3/4" T  Weight: 29 pounds
 
CONDITION: As previously mentioned, there are small casting imperfections and pitting on the bell's lower rim. The inside of the bell is rougher than normal. The washer integral nut and washer at the top is original. The "J" bracket has a slight bend which occurs when there is difficulty in removing it from the shoe which holds the bracket. The shoe is missing and remained with the ship from which the bell was removed. 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. No bell has the sound of a Navy bell's strong vibration, resonate ring and long duration of sound. A fancy macramé bell rope is attached. 

Bell when viewed from the front left image
   Looks impressive 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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