Antique US NAVY
Foredeck Bell
Ca 1900

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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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OUR UNCONDITIONAL NO NONSENSE GUARANTEE: If not completely satisfied with your purchase
it may be returned within five days of receipt in its original packaging if without damage. Return items must be insured for
their full value. Only a prior email authorization from us for the return is required. Shipping charges are included in this
offer if an error is due to our fault within the Continental United States.
 

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ACCEPTED FORMS OF PAYMENT
are Bank wire transfer, cashier’s check, money order, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared.
No credit cards or PayPal accepted on this item.

RARE U.S. NAVY ANCHOR ~ FOREDECK BELL Ca 1900
 


Presented is a very early “Foredeck” bell
complete with original clapper and the rarely found shoe upon which its bracket is mounted. The two ribbed bands at
the top of the bell circumscribing the crown and the two bands at the mouth of the bell dates it from the turn of the
20th Century or earlier.
The molded in place USN marks it as an original and not
an engraved copy. Bells of this unique design are very rare, and those that have their mounting show are rarer still. The
vertical bracket allows them only to be mounted on a pedestal or deck, hence they are known as anchor or foredeck bells.
The bell and its bracket are mounted on an oval wood stand for display
which is included. A proper white macramé bell rope is included.
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.
 


FOR AN ADDITIONAL FEE THIS BELL CAN BE POLISHED AND LACQUERED. THE PROCESS TAKES TWO WEEKS.
PLEASE INQUIRE.

 


Side view
                              Back
view
                Side view
of deck shoe

 


Top view of show
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DIMENSIONS:

 

BELL:
Diameter at crown 5 1/2″
Diameter at mouth 10″ Height to crown 6 3/4″ Height overall
18 1/2″
OVAL WOOD STAND: 16 1/2” L x 12 1/2″ D x 3/4″ T  Weight: 34 pounds
CONDITION: Excellent. Unpolished with
a natural patina in shades of tan to darker brown. The inside of the bell shows the marks of the clapper hitting the edge
and flattening it which shows that this bell has served at sea. There also is some green verdigris. There are some small
age marks, and hammer marks on the back of the bracket near the base showing that the shoe is a tight fit. Outstanding resonate
ring and strong vibration.

 

 


Note the marks where the clapper has hit the bell all around

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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Our Unconditional 'No Nonsense' Guarantee

If not completely satisfied with your purchase it may be returned, if without damage, within three days of receipt in its original packaging. Return items must be insured for their full value. Only a prior email authorization by us for the return is required. Shipping charges are refundable if due to our error within the continental United States.

International buyers welcome, but inquire first. We have satisfied customers worldwide.

Standard Forms of Payment

Bank wire transfer, cashier’s check, money order, or personal check in which case the item will be held until cleared. Our prices are quoted net to us so that the use of credit cards or PayPal incur extra charges. Terms on overseas sales are different.

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