Peter Trent peter.trent at
Sun Jul 17 21:18:35 BST 2011

I was shown today a "Sanctus" bell today found in a cupboard at a local church. It is of bell metal about 8" in height with a ball and chain clapper and  an argent complete with square section  hanging bar  about 15" long. It has the initials ZASM  
(ZUID AFRIKAANSCHE SPOORWEG MAATSKAPIJ) upon it.  A little internet research suggests that this has South African railway connections. Can anyone enlighten me further as to which foundry produced such items or even why it should end up in rural Norfolk?  The internet found the following catalogue reference for an auction in 2010:


MAATSKAPIJ (NZASM) BELL - the teakwood frame with peaked shingle roof &

metal scroll sprockets on post supports, suspending a fitted cast iron "ZASM" bell

(with clapper), on sprocket-plinth bases, with inscribed plaque: "Door het oud

personeel van de NZASM word deze bel het Nederlansche gezantschap te

Pretoria aangeboden ter herinnering aan de onthulling van het

gedenkteken te Waterval Boven op 28 Augustus 1934" (152.5 x 72 x 63cm)

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