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FINEST QUALITY SHIP'S BELL  LIKELY FROM THE SUBMARINE SERVICE!

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Presented is an unusual ship's bell  mounted between twin dolphins sculptured in the style seen in the finest of renascence furniture and fountain designs. It is a perfect example of a high quality presentation, or wardroom bell that is distinctly seagoing in character and appearance. The bell, which has a distinctive pink cast indicating it is made of “bell metal“, stands between two opposing dolphins, also in brass. The twin dolphins are mounted on a solid oak stand having in front of it a wooden and metal striker. The dolphins are in the style used in the U. S, Navy by submariners.
 
    

HISTORY OF DOLPHINS IN THE U.S. NAVY SUBMARINE SERVICE:
The origin of the U.S. Navy's submarine service insignia dates back to 1923. On June 13th of that year, Captain Ernest J. King, USN, later to become Fleet Admiral and Chief of Naval Operations during World War II, and at that time Commander, Submarine Division III suggested to the Secretary of the Navy via the old Bureau of Navigation, that a distinguishing device for qualified submariners be adopted.
 
He submitted a pen-and-ink sketch of his own showing a shield mounted on the beam ends of a submarine, with dolphins forward of, and abaft, the conning tower. The suggestion was strongly endorsed by Commander Submarine Division Atlantic.
 
Two designs were submitted for a badge, and these were combined into a single design that is still in use today: a bow view of a submarine proceeding on the surface with bow planes rigged for diving, flanked by dolphins in a horizontal position with their heads resting on the upper edge of the bow planes. The dolphins on this insignia are symbolic of a calm sea and are the traditional attendants of Poseidon, Greek god of the sea. The officers' insignia is a gold plated metal pin, and silver metal Dolphins were approved for enlisted men.
 
MYTHOLOGY: It is said that the Greek myths explaining the origin of the dolphin are all related to Dionysus, and the cycle of death and rebirth which has been likened to the diving and leaping dolphin coursing its way across the watery abyss. The Greek word Delphic (dolphin) is related to delphys, which means 'womb' and stands for the feminine principle. This was reflected in the relationship between the dolphin and many of the Mediterranean goddesses, and yet the dolphin was also an attribute of Poseidon and intimately associated with Apollo and Dionysus.
 
Don't expect to find anything that comes close to this elegant ship's dolphin bell.
 
DIMENSIONS:
 
Diameter of Bell    5 3/4“"
CASTING            17 1/2“ L x 9“ H x  5 3/4“ D
STAND                19 " L x   9 1/2" H x 6 3/4"  D
Weight 7 lbs. 
Circa 1920's
 

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 condition and packaging. Returns must be insured for their full value. All that is required is a prior email authorization by us for the return. Unfortunately, no refund can be made for the cost of shipping, packaging and handling.

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