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Brass Handbell B265
Brass Handbell B265
Original, quality late 19th century cast brass handbell with a cast iron clapper ball on a wrought iron chain and a turned rosewood handle. This example has a loud tone with a good resonance. Polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order.

8.75" tall x 4.5" bell mouth.

 
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Price: 95.00


Robert Wells No 7 Bell B264
Original, quality late 19th century cast brass bell impressed '7' to the shoulder and embossed "R.W" for Robert Wells, the Bell founder from Aldbourne Wiltshire. This example has the standard cast iron internal clapper and the exterior of the bell has an old coat of Verdigris, all is complete and in good and working order.

4.25" tall.

4 1/8" bell mouth.

 
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Price: 115.00


Robert Wells No 7 Bell B264



Musical Handbell B263
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 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


Musical Handbell B262



Brass Handbell B261
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


Set of 5 Robert Wells Bells B260
Original, quality set of five matching 18th or early 19th century Robert Wells bells in the old patinated finish fitted with wrought iron rings and circular wooden mounts in the old paintwork. We have not seen the likeness to these fitting before, although we a very familiar will Robert Wells bells from the bell foundry in Aldbourne Wiltshire. Four of these bells are embossed 'RW' to the interior for the bell founder and four are marked with the sizes, 2 x No 12s, 1 x 13 and 1 x 14 and the unmarked size looks probably to be No 11 and the one without RW is a No 12. These are sold as a set of five.

The wooden mounts vary from 4.50" to 5" diam.

The bell mouths vary from 3.75" to 4.25" diam.

Total height including ring approx 7".

 
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Price: 850.00


Set of 5 Robert Wells Bells B260



Small Cor Bell B259
Small Cor Bell B259
Original, quality 17th or early 18th century very small bell embossed to the interior 'COR' for the bell founder of Aldbourne in Wiltshire. This is an early bell for the Cor foundry and the smallest I have seen. Sadly the internal clapper and staple are missing and two holes have been drilled for an old staple repair. Otherwise all is complete and in good order.

2.75" x 2.75" bell mouth.

 
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Price: 100.00


James Bridgman '8' Bell B258
Original, quality 19th century hemispherical bell with an external staple shaped eye to the exterior and embossed 'I.B' for James Bridgman the bell founder of Aldbourne Devizes in Wiltshire. This unusual bell is missing the internal clapper and staple and has a hole to the top from an old clapper repair. The top shoulder is also impressed '8' for the size. Cleaned, waxed and in good order otherwise.

3" tall.

3" diam.

 
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Price: 56.00


James Bridgman '8' Bell B258



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



William Rose Bell B254
William Rose Bell B254
Original, quality 18th century bell with the internal clapper and assembly missing and two holes drilled though the top. The interior is embossed 'WR' for the bell Founder William Rose of Aldbourne in Wiltshire. Incomplete but in good order otherwise.

4.75" tall

4.25" bell mouth.

 
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Price: 75.00


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


James Bridgman No 16 Bell B252



Warners London Jubilee Musical Handbell B251
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


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


Taylors of Loughborough Musical Handbell  B250



John Bridgman Bell B249
John Bridgman Bell B249
Original, quality late 18th century cast brass bell in the original patina finish and with the original blacksmith made wrought iron clapper. This example engraved '3' to the shoulder is embossed "I.B" for John Bridgman Bell Founder of Devizes.

3.5" tall.

Bell mouth 3.25".

 
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Price: 65.00


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


Shop Door Bell B242
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 of 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. The bell is embossed "9 & B" to the shoulder.

When mounted 7" tall.

9" front to back.

Bell mouth 3".

 
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Price: 68.00


Shop Door Bell B242



E. Plumer Bell B237
E. Plumer Bell B237
Original, quality late 18th / early 19th century cast brass bell in the original patina finish. This example is missing the clapper and clapper loop, but otherwise all is complete and in good order. The interior is embossed for the maker "E. Plumer".

4.5" tall.

4.5" widest.

 
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Price: 85.00


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 olished 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


ARP Brass Handbell B197
Original, quality Second World War cast brass handbell with the original turned beech handle and cast iron internal clapper on a chain. The bell is stamped to the outer rim "G and J 1939" and "ARP" for Air Raid Personel. These bells were manufactured during the second world war and used for Air Raid warnings and are good and loud. All has been polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost.

9.5" tall.

5" bell mouth.

 
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Price: 95.00


ARP Brass Handbell B197



Large Brass Handbell B187
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


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


No 10 Brass Handbell B173



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


Fire Engine Bell with Bracket FF71
Original, quality post-war chrome on brass fire engine bell with the original red painted brass mounting frame, with a hexagonal top knob. This super example is powered by 12 volts electricity and has been rewired with modern three core flex. Has been fully overhauled, polished and lacquered, although the lacquer may be removed at no extra cost and complete and in good and working order and very, very loud. Total 14" tall x 14" widest and 10" front to back. Bell only 7.5" tall and 10" diam. 
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Price: 300.00


Fire Engine Bell with Bracket FF71



Brass Harness Bell HB153
Brass Harness Bell HB153
Original, quality late 19th century brass harness bell with a rectangular shaped loop to the top and all in the original unpolished patinated finish. This example is impressed "Victoria No 22" and is complete and in good and working order. 2" tall and 1.5" diam. 
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Price: 56.00


Brass Harness Bell HB152
Original, quality late 19th century brass harness bell with a rectangular shaped loop to the top, all in the original unpolished patinated finish. Complete and in good and working order. 2.25" tall and 1.5" diam. 
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Price: 56.00


Brass Harness Bell HB152



Sheep Clucket Bell on Yoke S14
Sheep Clucket Bell on Yoke S14
Original, quality late 19th century blacksmith made wrought iron 'Clucket' bell on the original Yew wood Yoke. These Yokes were fashioned by the Shepherd and were worn by sheep when grazing, a distinctive, recognisable sound in the mist etc.. Some minor repairs to the wood, replacement leathers made to suit and the bell has been cleaned and lacquered. All is complete and in good and working order.

Total length 14".

Yoke 8" x 3.75"x 1.25.

Bell 5.5" x 5" x 3".

 
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Price: 156.00



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