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All our stock is old, original, in excellent order and ready for use. We carry no modern or reproductions. We welcome your telephone calls +44 (0)1488 682317 or by email to hofgartner@belowstairs.co.uk for further information on any of the catalogue items or your other requirements or if you have any difficulties ordering through our system.



Brass Handbell B288
Brass Handbell B288
Original, quality late 19th cenutry small cast brass handbell with a turned rosewood handle are an internal cast iron clapper ball on a chain. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost with a good tone and resonance. Complete and in good and working order.

8" tall.

Bell mouth 3.75".

 
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Price: 65.00


Robert Wells '3' Bell B287
Original, quality early to mid 19th century cast brass bell with the original blacksmith made wrought iron clapper. This example is impressed '3' to the shoulders and embossed "R.W" to the inside for the bell founder Robert Wells of Aldbourne Wiltshire. Complete and in good and working order.

3.25" tall x 2 7/8" widest.

 
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Price: 65.00


Robert Wells '3' Bell B287



Robert Wells '4' Bell B286
Robert Wells '4' Bell B286
Original, quality early to mid 19th century cast bell missing the clapper. This example is impressed '4' to the shoulder and embossed "R.W" to the inside for the bell founder Robert Wells of Aldbourne in Wiltshire. In good order otherwise.

3.25" tall.

3 1/8" widest.

 
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Price: 45.00


Robert Wells '4' Bell B285
Original, quality early 19th century bell in the original unpolished finish with the original wrought iron clapper. Impressed to the shoulder '4' for the size and embossed to the inside 'R.W' for the bell founder Robert Wells of Aldbourne in Wiltshire. Complete and in good and working order.

3.25" tall x 3 1/8" widest.

 
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Price: 65.00


Robert Wells '4' Bell B285



Robert Wells No 6 Bell B284
Robert Wells No 6 Bell B284
Original, quality early to mid 19th century cast bell with the original wrought iron clapper. Impressed to the shoulder for the size '6' and embossed to the inside 'R.W' for the bell founder Robert Wells of Aldbourne in Wiltshire. Complete and in good and working order.

3.75" tall.

3.5" widest.

 
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Price: 65.00


R. Wells Bell B283
Original, quality early 19th century bell in the original unpolished finish but missing the clapper. This hemispherical shaped bell is embossed to the inside 'R.W' for the bell founder Robert Wells of Aldbourne in Wiltshire. Not complete but otherwise complete.

2.75" tall.

3" widest.

 
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Price: 65.00


R. Wells Bell B283



R. Wells '4' Bell B282
R. Wells '4' Bell B282
Original, quality early 19th century bell in the original unpolished finish with the original wrought iron clapper and impressed to the shoulder '4' for the size and embossed to the inside 'R.W' for the bell founder Robert Wells of Aldbourne in Wiltshire. Complete and in good and working order otherwise.

Tall 3.25" x 3" widest.

 
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Price: 65.00


R. Wells '4' Bell B281
Original, quality early 19th century bell in the original unpolished finish with the original wrought iron clapper and impressed to the shoulder '4' for the size and embossed to the inside 'R.W' for the bell founder Robert Wells of Aldbourne in Wiltshire. Complete and in good and working order.

3.25" tall.

3 1/8" widest.

 
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Price: 65.00


R. Wells '4' Bell B281



R. Wells Bell B279
R. Wells Bell B279
Original, quality early 19th century bell in the original unpolished finish with the original wrought iron clapper. This example is embossed to the inside 'R.W' for the bell founder Robert Wells of Aldbourne in Wiltshire and is complete and in good and working order.

4.5" tall.

4 1/8 widest.

 
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Price: 75.00


R. Wells '9' Bell B278
Original, quality early 19th century bell in the original unpolished finish with the original wrought iron clapper. This smooth example has '9' impressed to the shoulder for the size and embossed to the inside 'R.W' for the bell founder Robert Wells of Aldbourne in Wiltshire. Complete and in good and working order.

3.75" tall.

3.5" widest.

 
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Price: 75.00


R. Wells '9' Bell B278



R. Wells '15' Bell B276
R. Wells '15' Bell B276
Original, quality early 19th century bell in the original unpolished finish but missing the clapper and with a broken inner staple. This smooth example has '15' faintly impressed to the shoulders for the size and embossed to the inside 'R.W' for the bell founder Robert Wells of Aldbourne in Wiltshire. Not complete but in good order otherwise.

4.75" tall.

4.5" widest.

 
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Price: 75.00


James Bridgman '10' Bell B275
Original, quality early 19th century cast bell in the original unpolished finish, embossed "1.B" to the interior for the bell founder James Bridgman of Aldbourne & Devizes in Wiltshire. This example is impressed to the shoulder "10" for the size, is complete with the cast iron clapper in good and working order.

3.75" tall.

3.5" widest.

 
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Price: 65.00


James Bridgman '10' Bell B275



James Bridgman '8' Bell B274
James Bridgman '8' Bell B274
Original, quality early 19th century cast bell in the original unpolished finish, embossed "1.B" to the interior for the bell founder James Bridgman of Aldbourne & Devizes in Wiltshire. This example is impressed to the shoulder "8" for the size, is complete with the cast iron clapper and in good working order.

4.5" tall.

4 3/8" widest.

 
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Price: 75.00


Set of Wells Team Bells B273
Original, quality early 19th century Heavy Horse Road Haulier's set of four Team Bells by Robert Wells the bell founder of Aldbourne in Wiltshire, in the leather belfry cover. The two larger bells are embossed to the inside "R.W" and although the smaller two are not marked these were definitely by the same bell founder. These four bells are mounted under a leather storm cover and on a blacksmith made wrought iron frame with two spikes to the base for fitting into the top of the collar of the leading horse of the team. The more horses you had in the team, the more bells were worn and the louder the noise, which was primarily to warn the next village about the number of horses you were, which related to the size and weight of the load being pulled. It would not be easy to stop or to get going again. This example is complete, be it the leather hood has come adrift and the leatherworks has seen better days, it is still a good find and is mounted into a slab of pitch pine made to suit. This has a super sound when shaken. Close your eyes and listen.

Total including stand 20.5" tall.

Plinth 21.25" x 8.25" x 1.25".

Belfry 20" x 4" front to back.

 
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Price: 650.00


Set of Wells Team Bells B273



R.Wells No 18 Bell B272
R.Wells No 18 Bell B272
Original, quality early 19th century brass bell in the original unpolished patina and with the original wrought iron clapper. This good example is impressed "18" to the shoulder for the size and embossed to the inside for "R.Wells" the bell founder from Aldbourne in Wiltshire. Believe it or not, this bell had a short crack on arrival and was flat for sound but we have repaired it and it rings very well with a familiar sound of this style of bell. All has been waxed and is now complete and in good and working order.

5.5" tall.

5.5" mouth diam.

 
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Price: 115.00


Mears of London Handbell B271
Original, quality late 19th century cast brass handbell with the original turned fruitwood handle, brass ferrule and blacksmith made wrought iron internal clapper. The shoulder of this example is impressed '10' for the size and "Mears & Co London" for the bell founder. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order with a super tone and resonance.

10.5" tall.

5 1/8" bell mouth.

 
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Price: 165.00


Mears of London Handbell B271



Brass Shop Door Bell B270
Brass Shop Door Bell B270
Original, quality 1920's brass shop door bell to be mounted on the door surround above the door and the door will strike the sprung clapper hanging downwards, when opened by a customer on entry. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

2 tall.

Bell 3" diam.

Bracket, mounting plate 1.5" wide.

 
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Price: 65.00


ARP Handbell, 2 available B269
Original, quality Second World War brass handbell issued to Air Raid Personel to warn of oncoming air raids. This clean example is stamped "A.R.P" for "Air Raid Precautions" "1939" and "G & J" for the maker and has the original turned oak handle and cast iron clapper on a chain. All is complete and in good and working order with a good loud tone and resonance.

10" tall x 4.75" widest.

Price is for each.

 
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Price: 95.00


ARP Handbell, 2 available B269



W. Haley Brass Handlebell B267
W. Haley Brass Handlebell B267
Original, quality late 19th century larger than average cast brass handbell with a turned Yew wood handle, a wrought iron clapper and "12" and "W.H" for the bell founder "William Haley of Essex". A super bell with a good tone and resonance. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

12" tall.

Bell 6" diam.

 
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Price: 195.00


Musical Handbell B263
Original, quality late 19th century cast brass musical handbell with a sprung and felted internal brass clapper, the original leather loop and cap stamped with a border of three leaf clovers alternating with bullseyes. This bell could well be from the 'Mears' foundry at Whitechapel ? Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

Bell height 4".

6.5" strap.

Bell mouth 4" diam.

 
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Price: 135.00


Musical Handbell B263



Musical Handbell B262
Musical Handbell B262
Original, quality late 19th century cast brass musical handbell with a sprung and felted internal brass clapper, the original leather loop and cap stamped with a border of three leaf clovers alternating with bullseyes. This bell could well be from the 'Mears' foundry at Whitechapel ? Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

Bell height 4.5".

5" strap.

Bell mouth 4" diam.

 
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Price: 135.00


Brass Handbell B261
Original, quality late 19th century cast brass handbell with a brass internal clapper on a wrought iron chain and the original turned rosewood handle. A super bell with a super tone and resonance and complete and in good and working order.

10.5" tall.

5.5" bell mouth.

 
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Price: 156.00


Brass Handbell B261



J. Evans Patent Bell B257
J. Evans Patent Bell B257
Original, quality 19th century small brass bell with the original lacquer inside and out. The top is impressed "J. Evans Patent" and "18". This unusual bell has a cast iron integral top eye and inner clapper mount, a steel shaft and a cast brass polished and lacquered clapper ball. Could this be the John Evans bell founder of Birmingham from approx 1850 ? Complete and in good and working order.

4.25" tall.

4" bell mouth.

 
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Price: 75.00


James Bridgman '10' Bell B255
Original, quality early 19th century cast bell embossed "I.B" to the interior for the bell founder "James Bridgman" of Aldbourne and Devizes in Wiltshire. This example is impressed to the shoulder '10' for the size and is missing the clapper and staple. Otherwise complete and in good order.

5.25" tall

5.25" bell mouth.

 
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Price: 65.00


James Bridgman '10' Bell B255



James Bridgman No 16 Bell B252
James Bridgman No 16 Bell B252
Original, quality 19th century No 16 bell later chromed. This example is embossed 'I.B' to the inside for the bell founder James Bridgmans of Aldbourne & Devizes in Wiltshire and impressed '16' to the shoulder. The internal clapper and staple are missing but otherwise all is complete and in good order.

5" tall.

4.75" bell mouth.

 
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Price: 85.00


Warners London Jubilee Musical Handbell B251
Original, quality late 19th century medium sized brass musical handbell with the original leather disc and strap handle but missing the internal clapper assembly. This otherwise good example appears to have an old repaired short crack but still rings well. The leather grip is impressed "G" and the leather disc is impressed for the bell foundry "Warners of Cripplegate London". But probably the most important feature of all is the engraving in script "Queens Jubilee Year 1887" to commemorate Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee of 50 years on the Throne.

9.5" tall with leather grip.

Bell 4" tall x 5.25" widest.

 
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Price: 165.00


Warners London Jubilee Musical Handbell B251



Taylors of Loughborough Musical Handbell  B250
Taylors of Loughborough Musical Handbell B250
Original, quality late 19th century brass musical handbell with a leather strap and top disc, and a sprung and felted internal clapper. The leather strap is stamped C and the disc is decorated with symbols and for the bell founder "Taylors of Loughborough". This super sized bell has been repaired to the outer edge with two large chips refitted and the bell still rings well. In good and working order.

Total height including strap 10.5".

Bell mouth 6.75" diameter.

 
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Price: 350.00


Shop Door Bell B247
Original, quality shop door bell fashioned using a 19th century cast brass bell with later steel spring, brass peg and bracket made to suit. When fitted as the pictures, to the back of the shop door, this will ring clearly when the door is opened or closed and the bell will lift off the bracket when not required. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and all is complete and in good and working order.

When mounted 6" tall.

9" front to back.

Bell mouth 3".

 
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Price: 68.00


Shop Door Bell B247



Shop Door Bell B246
Shop Door Bell B246
Original, quality shop door bell fashioned using a 19th century cast brass bell with later steel spring, brass peg and bracket made to suit. When fitted as the pictures, to the back of the shop door, this will ring clearly when the door is opened or closed and the bell will lift off the bracket when not required. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and all is complete and in good and working order.

When mounted 6" tall.

10" front to back.

Bell mouth 3.25".

 
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Price: 68.00


Shop Door Bell B245
Original, quality shop door bell fashioned using a 19th century cast brass bell with later steel spring, brass peg and bracket made to suit. When fitted as the pictures, to the back of the shop door, this will ring clearly when the door is opened or closed and the bell will lift off the bracket when not required. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and all is complete and in good and working order.

When mounted 6" tall.

9" front to back.

Bell mouth 3".

 
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Price: 68.00


Shop Door Bell B245



Shop Door Bell B243
Shop Door Bell B243
Original, quality shop door bell fashioned using a 19th century cast brass bell with later steel spring, brass peg and bracket made to suit. When fitted as the pictures, to the back of the shop door, this will ring clearly when the door is opened or closed and the bell will lift off the bracket when not required. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and all is complete and in good and working order.

When mounted 6" tall.

9" front to back.

Bell mouth 2.75".

 
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Price: 68.00


Huge Exterior Call Bell B236
Original, quality late 19th century larger than average brass call / alarm bell with a heavy spring and brass mounting brackets. For use with a tight wire, non-electrical bell system. Can be pulled from either left or right and other parts required to operate this system are usually available in stock. The circular mounting plate has been made to suit copied from an original. The brass has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and the ironwork repainted black. This bell has the war dept broad arrow embossed to one side to the exterior and all is complete and in good and working order with a good loud ring.

15" tall.

6" wide.

6" front to back.

Bell mouth 6".

 
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Price: 450.00


Huge Exterior Call Bell B236



Brass Handbell B224
Brass Handbell B224
Original, quality circa 1900, cast brass handbell with a replacement mahogany handle made to suit copied from an original and a replacement rod to the original cast iron clapper. A loud bell with good resonance. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no exta cost and complete and in good and working order.

9.5" tall.

5" bell mouth.

 
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Price: 85.00


Brass Handbell B222
Original, quality late 19th century superb brass handbell with a cast brass clapper on a chain, a turned ebony handle and a brass ferrule. A good loud bell with good tone and resonance. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

10.5" tall.

5.5" diam mouth.

 
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Price: 195.00


Brass Handbell B222



Brass Handbell B215
Brass Handbell B215
Original, quality late 19th century handbell of a good size and cast in latten with the original turned ebony handle, brass ferrule and cast bronze internal clapper on a brass chain. A super clear and loud bell with good resonance. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

11.75" tall.

6" mouth of bell

 
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Price: 195.00


Large Brass Handbell B187
Original, quality late 19th century large cast brass hand bell with a wrought iron clapper and the original turned ebony hand grip. A good clean bell with a good tone and resonance. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

10.5" tall.

6" mouth diam.

 
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Price: 175.00


Large Brass Handbell B187



No 10 Brass Handbell B173
No 10 Brass Handbell B173
Original, quality, mid 19th century, cast brass handbell, with a textured brass polished finish, a turned ebony handle and a cast iron internal clapper ball on a metal chain. This bell is impressed to the shoulder "10" for the size and has a good tone and resonance. All is complete and in good and working order, with just a small chip to the outer rim.

Mouth of bell 5".

Total height 10.5".

 
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Price: 115.00


Brass and Ceramic Counter Bell CB102
Original, quality 1920's small brass counter bell mounted on a black ceramic base. This unusual example has a top turning button. These bells were used on shop or hotel counters and hall tables. All has been fully overhauled, polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good and working order.

2.5" tall x 3.5" base.

Bell dome 2.5" diam.

 
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Price: 85.00


Brass and Ceramic Counter Bell CB102



Brass and Ceramic Counter Bell CB101
Brass and Ceramic Counter Bell CB101
Original, quality late 19th century brass counter bell. This unusual example has the brass bell mounted on a circular, decorated, cream coloured ceramic base with a top central push button. These bells were used on shop or hotel counters and hall tables. Fully overhauled, polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

4.5" tall.

Base 3.5" diam.

Bell dome 2.75".

 
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Price: 125.00


Double Ring Brass Counter Bell CB100
Original, quality late 19th century cast brass counter bell with a double ring per press. This most unusual example has the bell dome mounted on a matching upturned base with a circular cast brass base and a white ceramic press down button to the centre. These bells were used on shop or hotel counters and hall tables. Fully overhauled, polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

6" tall x 5.5" base diam.

2.5" bell dome.

 
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Price: 230.00


Double Ring Brass Counter Bell CB100



Brass Double Counter Bell CB99
Brass Double Counter Bell CB99
Original, quality late 19th century fancy cast brass counter bell with a three legged cast brass base and a double brass bell above with a central push down button with a sunflower shape. These bells were used on shop or hotel counters and hall tables. Fully overhauled, polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

6.25" tall x 6.5" base diam.

3.5" diam bell dome.

 
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Price: 200.00


Brass Counter Bell CB98
Original, quality late 19th century brass counter bell with a cast iron base with a brass dome and a top mounted brass turning finial. This example is embossed to the underside of the cast iron base for the manufacturer "Russell & Erwin Mntg Co. New Britain Conn. USA" and patent. These bells were used on shop or hotel counters and hall tables. Fully overhauled, polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

3" tall x 5" spread of feet.

Dome 4".

 
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Price: 135.00


Brass Counter Bell CB98



Brass Counter Bell CB97
Brass Counter Bell CB97
Original, quality cast brass counter bell circa 1900, with a decorated circular base and a central white ceramic press. The underside of the base is impressed "Wilsons Patent". These bells were used on shop or hotel counters and hall tables. Fully overhauled, polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

3.5" tall.

Base 4" diam.

Bell dome 3".

 
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Price: 115.00


Brass Counter Bell CB96
Original, quality late 19th century cast brass counter bell. This example has an embossed decoration of acanthus leaves to the outer ring and a ribbed bell dome with a central press down button. These bells were used on shop or hotel counters and hall tables. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good and working order and has a good tone.

3.5" tall x base 4.75" diam.

Bell dome 3" diam.

 
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Price: 135.00


Brass Counter Bell CB96



Twin Dome Brass Counter Bell CB95
Twin Dome Brass Counter Bell CB95
Original, quality late 19th century all brass counter bell with twin matching domes and two separate hammers, one to each side. Each bell has a different tone and these bells were used on shop or hotel counters and hall tables. All has been fully overhauled, polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good and working order. A most unusual model.

6.75" tall x 6" x 4" front to back.

 
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Price: 230.00


WT&S Brass Counter Bell CB93
Original, quality late 19th century cast brass counter bell with heavily embossed decoration to both the circular base and bell. This example has the bell dome mounted with a push button to the centre. The underside is impressed with the sun logo and "WT&S" for the manufacturer 'William Tonks & Son of Birmingham' and with the registration lozenge mark for the year 1882. All has been fully overhauled, polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost. A super tone and complete and in good and working order.

Base 5.5" diam.

Total 3.75" tall.

 
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Price: 230.00


WT&S Brass Counter Bell CB93



W. Tonks Brass Counter Bell CB92
W. Tonks Brass Counter Bell CB92
Original, quality 1920's circular cast brass counter bell with a central press button on a nickel plated bell dome all mounted on a circular cast brass base. The underside of the base is impressed with the sun logo and "WT&S" for the manufacturer 'William Tonks & Son of Birmingham', polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and all is complete and in good and working order, with a good tone.

3" tall.

Base 3.75".

 
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Price: 85.00


Brass Counter Bell CB91
Original, quality late 19th century brass counter bell. These bells were used on shops or hotels counters and hall tables and other similar bells may well be available on request. The cast brass dome is mounted on a central stem with the clapper within and all are mounted on a very fancy cast brass three branch base pierced and decorated with a face on each. The top button, a replacement made to suit copied from an original, is pressed to operate the bell, giving a good loud tone. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and is complete and in good and working order.

6.5" tall x 6" base diam.

 
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Price: 165.00


Brass Counter Bell CB91



Brass Counter Bell CB87
Brass Counter Bell CB87
Original, quality late 19th century brass counter bell. These bells were used on shop or hotel counters and hall tables and other similar bells may be available on request. The cast brass dome is mounted on a central stem, and the external clapper is mounted to the decorative cast brass base. Fully overhauled, polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order with a super tone and resonance.

6.5" tall x dome 3.5" diam.

4" base diam.

 
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Price: 115.00


Brass Harness Bell, 2 available HB180
Original, quality late 19th century brass harness bell with a rectangular shaped mounting loop to the top and in the unpolished finish. This example is impressed "Victoria No 23". Some minor metal fatigue cracks but otherwise complete and in good and working order.

2" tall x 1.5" diam.

Mounting loop 4" wide.

Price is for each.

 
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Price: 38.00


Brass Harness Bell, 2 available HB180



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