For whom the broken bell tolls.....UPDATE.

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For whom the broken bell tolls.....UPDATE.

Post by Muddyknee » Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:22 pm

Found today,same field as the Papal bulla.
Main piece 7-8 inches down,smaller piece about 6 inches,seperated by appx 8 feet.
Was reading 77-79 on my 400i,can't identify the metal.
Any ideas on it's provenance?
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Re: For whom the broken bell tolls.....

Post by lonecoiler » Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:29 pm

Looking at the edges it seems to be cast iron
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Post by Davies13 » Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:31 pm

I found a similar sized bell. I was told t was likely from a railway. Did you find close to a railway by any chance?
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Post by fred » Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:36 pm

Obviously bell metal! ::g

OK , that's high tin bronze. These bells turn up in huge numbers in fields, in fact we had one at the last club dig. I can only suspect that they were for calling people to lunch during harvesting or something. :D

I believe that they shine up like brass but dull down to silver.
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Post by Roughwood » Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:36 pm

Hi. I recently found a similar bell - slightly bigger, and broken into three pices.

As far as I have been able to establish, it is a (probably) Victorian or Edwardian servants bell. Yours looks extremely like it. Mine has a number 8 on it, which may have been, say, the library for example.

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Post by Muddyknee » Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:59 pm

Davies13 wrote:
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I found a similar sized bell. I was told t was likely from a railway. Did you find close to a railway by any chance?
Nowhere near a railway,old or new.
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Post by fred » Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:04 pm

Roughwood wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:36 pm
Hi. I recently found a similar bell - slightly bigger, and broken into three pices.

As far as I have been able to establish, it is a (probably) Victorian or Edwardian servants bell. Yours looks extremely like it. Mine has a number 8 on it, which may have been, say, the library for example.

::g

Edit: pieces - not pices...

Could be but servants bells are generally fairly small affairs. The sort that I usually see as detector finds are the type which came in several sizes and probably had a leather strap rather than a wooden handle. :D

https://picclick.co.uk/3-X-Antique-Bras ... 65308.html

Mind you as they were extensively used for hand bell ringing perhaps they were lost when practicing in the fields so the birds could be scared away from the crops at the same time! :D
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Re: For whom the broken bell tolls.....

Post by Roughwood » Thu Jan 31, 2019 8:41 pm

I just found this article (from the dreaded Mail online - sorry) which may be of interest.

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Re: For whom the broken bell tolls.....UPDATE.

Post by Muddyknee » Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:26 pm

Found this today,in a seperate pasture to where the bell was found.
Think I'm correct in thinking it's the mount for a servants bell.
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Post by fred » Mon Feb 11, 2019 8:09 pm

Could be but would work as any sort of manual switch, like on a seed spreader. ::g
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Re: For whom the broken bell tolls.....UPDATE.

Post by DiOz » Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:59 pm

Bell-pull crank number 10...

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