Presented is a very fine U.S. Navy bell which,
based on all the USN bells we have inspected, is estimated to be Ca 1910. This is based on its etched 1 1/8
inch letters and “rings” at th the top and bottom that were discontinued in the late 1920’s. The patina is a highly unusual
silver grey . It has a very heavy thick wall construction with concentric rings at it top and at the bottom
near the flare of its mouth. The nut has the cast in place shoulder which serves as a washer and marks it as original. There
are no foundry marks which is typical of most Navy bells. It comes as shown with a custom hard wood bracket.
This is a solid bronze bell and has a shape similar to the bell
that served of three ship’s of the U.S. Navy named USS Guam. The first USS Guam served as a Yangtze River Gunboat protecting
American interests starting in 1928.
When rung, the bell sets up a stirring resonance which
is indicative of only the finest bell metal being used.
Back of Bell
CONDITION: The bell is in an outstanding state of original
preservation and has NO imperfections what-so-ever which adds to it good looks. It comes from a private collection
where it was maintained inside for the last fifteen years. Even so, it has a deep, silver grey, gunmetal patina which
we have never seen before and can’t explain, since the surface does not have the appearance of being nickel plated. The
coloration is obviously the result of years of sea service. The hardwood bracket is of recent make.
If you are a collector of fine bells,
this is one you don’t want to miss.
Diameter at crown 5 1/2″
Diameter at mouth 10″
15 3/4″ H x 4″ w x 1 3/4″ T ARM
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