Antique ca1800s Fire Truck or Maritime Cast Iron 9" Dia Bell w Wood Handle

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Offered is an Antique Very Old Cast Iron Alarm Bell with Wood Handle. It definitely has a Fire Truck or Maritime Ship application. The Bell, clapper, and extension might have been in a stationery mounted position, and later re-configured to be used as a Handbell. When I first saw this bell, I was not sure of its' use, but one thing was for sure, it had a big sound. Once I looked at it closely and rang it enough, I realized that it was definitely meant to get people's attention. This would have been either in an emergency situation, to get people out of the way or in a maritime situation, as a means to alert people that a ship was coming into port. One thing is totally for sure, this is an extremely old Bell.

The entire bell is hand made with all Cast Iron parts, including the clapper, most likely fashioned by a blacksmith. The handle is Oak and is Cast Iron capped at the bottom. Some space is left between the handle and bell, which allows this 9" diameter bell to act like a smaller hand bell with a large bell sound, which is exactly what you would want. The Cast Iron extension rod that goes through the handle down to the clapper provides
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