[Bell Historians] Anonymous ship's bell? [2 Attachments]

Carl S Zimmerman csz_stl@swbell.net [bellhistorians] bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Mon Jul 27 04:30:52 BST 2015

A correspondent in Australia was given a small bell, and intends to use it as a ship's bell.  It's dated 1839, and has a curious medallion on the waist, but is otherwise anonymous.  Its anonymity leads me to wonder whether "1839" might be connected to the significance of the medallion rather than to the year of casting.  The tang top is appropriate for its size (diameter 193mm, or just under 8 inches), but otherwise the style doesn't match any of the well known tower bell founders of America.
Any ideas? Carl Scott Zimmerman
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