~ Late 19th century Royal Navy Bell and clapper ~
This piece was used by motor boats and other small boats in the Royal Navy during the late 19th century.
The inside of the bell is “arrow” marked. This shows that the bell was used by the minister of defence. However, the origin of the bell is unknown.
The bronze bell is silvery gray painted and it comes with its original mounting arm. The piece is linked on by a metal screw. One side of the mounting arm is signed with the manufacture mark “LEA & UTLEY 464”.
The clapper is original and it has a fine premium nylon rope attached to it.
~ Dimensions ~
The bell has a diameter of 8 ¼ inches (20.5 cm) and a height including crown of 7 ½ inches (19 cm).
The mounting arm has a height of 5 ¼ inches.
The bell and the mounting arm weighs 3.54 kg.
The clapper is 7 inches (18 cm) and its rope is 21 inches (53.5 cm) long. Together, they weigh 480g.
~ Condition ~
The bell has some scratches but it is in good condition with no dings, dents or cracks.
There is some patina on the mounting arm and the interior of the bell has age patina but the piece is in good order.
There are some white paint dots on the exterior but the item present well.