Antique VICTORIAN STORE / HOTEL Desk Brass BELL: 1863 !
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Estate find....ANTIQUE...ORIGINAL HOTEL FRONT DESK....STORE COUNTER BRASS BELL on MARBLE BASE Date marked: Pat. Aug. 25, 1863 VICTORIAN PERIOD....CIVIL WAR ERA !!!! (No reserve......) _________________________________________ This listing is for an antique bell that rings nicely "ding" and is 147 years old based on patent date of Aug. 25, 1863 marked on the finial base, too small to photograph but you can read with strong glasses or magnifier. Bell itself is brass and it is bolted into a white marble base. I've taken photos from various angles so you can see it all, including base. I do not know what old Victorian Hotel or old Store this bell came from but 1863 puts it right in the middle of the Civil War Era. Condition is as seen in photos: Bell has some age marks, small scratches and metal patina discolorations in various places, could use another polishing with specialized brass cleaner to improve brightness. I cleaned once. No large dents in metal. Base is a white marble which also has some spot marks and rough edges, but really, I've sold marble based items before and it is common to find large chips in them. This one only has tiny bites and t, as expected of a 147 year old item, but no large chips out of marble. You'll notice bell top is slightly tipped ... read more