Presented is a very early “Foredeck” bell with its original clapper and proper nut that
more than likely dates from the Turn of the 20th Century. The greenish blue patina is the result of many years of weathering
and adds a great deal of character in keeping with its seagoing heritage.
The two distinctive bands at the top
and bottom and the gentle curves of the bell help to identify the period in which it was cast. The USN marks on
this bell were hand chiseled which is another indication of its age.
Bells of this unique design are very rare. Their
vertical bracket allows them to only be mounted on a pedestal or deck, hence they are known as anchor or foredeck bells. This
bell and its bracket are mounted on a wood stand for a dramatic display.
Authentic U.S. Navy bells are becoming more
and more difficult to find
Navy bells were made of special bronzes formulated by the various foundries to ring
true and sharp. The tone of an authentic Navy bell is so distinctive that it can not be confused with others of lesser quality.
Once heard will never be forgotten. “Bell Metal” is a specially formulated bronze alloy for this highly specialized use that
cheap imitations cannot duplicate.
BELL:Diameter at crown 6″Diameter at mouth 9 3/4″ Height
17″ L x 12 3/4″ D x 1″ H
Overall Height 16″ Weight: 29 1/2 poundsCONDITION: Left in its natural state
because of its attractive patination resulting in appealing colors. There is some minor verdigris and some small age
marks, and subtle stains. On being removed from the ship, the top of the bracket became twisted and has a slight bend
when viewed from certain angles. See the Gallery shots below. The nut holding the bell to the bracket is the original.
The stand and bell rope are of recent vintage. Outstanding resonate ring and strong vibration.
This is a very special Navy bell and a rare find. Recommended
for that special person. It’s mounting makes it ideal
for display or as a presentation!