Early US Navy Fore Deck Bell Repaired Crack

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Repaired Crack  

 US Navy early 20th Century cracked bell image

PRE WW I Polished & Lacquered Bell 


Presented =left>is a very rare Ca 1900
Navy bell with the signature double bands that signify its age. Unfortunately, it has a crack in the front that runs from
the lower band down between the U. S. all the way to the rim as can be seen in the above picture and others below. This was
disclosed to us at the time we bought it. These bells have become so scarce that we thought it would be worth the effort to
try and repair it. It was taken to

a metals expert who used low temperature silver solder which is the recommended procedure to braze the crack
from the inside. The bell which was flat, now rings with distinction over most all other bells, but with not quite the
same degree of resonance as a Navy bell is noted for. We have placed it for sale at a much lower price than
what a comparable Navy bell would sell for which makes it affordable to someone who wants an authentic antique bell,
but does not want to pay the high prices they bring today.

The bell comes with our
“No questions asked guarantee of satisfaction” and 
with a fancy three strand turks head bell rope.

NOW HARD TO FIND: U.S. Navy bells of this unique design are becoming
very scarce, and difficult to find. The earlier bells dating from before WW I like this one are scarcer still.

in the normal course of business without provenance

Closeup of front of craked Navy bell
       The crack in bell is clearly seen here

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 specialized use.

Inside of bell showing weld image
        Low temperature silver solder repair

at crown 5″
Diameter at mouth 9 1/2″ Height to crown 6 1/2″ Height overall 16″

16″ L x 11 3/4″ D x 3/4″ T  Weight: a heavy 29 1/2 pounds

This bell had a significant crack down its front which is clearly seen. It has been repaired to where the bell now rings
quite well, but does not resonate as long as a normal Navy bell. It has a few dings on the outside and
some minor irregular imperfections elsewhere.  It has been newly polished and lacquered. The bracket’s
base has a small notch cut out.

Leftside of bell image
Left and right side of bell are normal        
 This specially
priced US Navy bell makes a great gift, or collectable


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