Help dating a bell please?

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Help dating a bell please?

Post by Pete E » Fri Sep 13, 2019 12:57 pm

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I found the item below this morning with my Racer 2...It was in Two Tone and gave a very "confused" audio and bouncing TID to the point I nearly didn't bother digging it..

The squares on the pic are 1cm with hatched lines at .5cm. The bell is about 5cm wide by about 6cm tall. Its made from thin steel or some other ferrous metal and the exterior was plated in copper (hence the mixed signal). The plating is flaking off or missing in places and it appears to have been plated mechanically as its almost like a copper foil...

One side of the bell has a some dimples /depressions stamped in it while the other is plain. I can't see any writing or any other decoration.

I am assuming it a stock /cattle bell, but can anybody give any idea of age or any other info? I am thinking its not very old, but thought I would check anyway...
Thanks in advance,

Peter
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Re: Help dating a bell please?

Post by fred » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:06 pm

1960s hippy bell? :D Actually no idea as these things are difficult to date at the best of times and the dimples make it unusual. ::g
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Re: Help dating a bell please?

Post by Pete E » Fri Sep 13, 2019 1:15 pm

Hi Fred,

It wouldn't surprise me if it were 1960's! lol Given its pressed construction rather than being cast and the fact I can't see any form of clapper inside, I did wonder if it was a cheap souvenir type cow bell brought back from holiday ?

The other thing that cross my mind is that its not a bell at all and something like a chape , although that's probably very wishful thinking on my part! lol

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Re: Help dating a bell please?

Post by Ladybird66 » Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:55 pm

Do a google search for Antique Goat Bells. Loads of them.

I saw one with the same pattern as your find but different fittings. You might be right about it being a souvenir. The one I saw is Swiss.

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Re: Help dating a bell please?

Post by Easylife » Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:56 pm

it could be part of a wind chime?
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Re: Help dating a bell please?

Post by Pete E » Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:18 pm

Easylife wrote:
Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:56 pm
it could be part of a wind chime?
Like this?
That is actually a possibility. Not too far from where I found it, I uncovered netting and other bits that I am pretty sure came from an old pheasant release pen...Gamekeepers often used wind chime type devices and hanging mirrors in a bid to scare predators away...
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