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CLASSIC SHIP’S BELL AND HANGER

Most of the largest sailing ships had at least two bells. A large bell would hang from a goose neck on the foremast, or on the break of the foredeck. This was used to sound the warning while drifting through fog or snow. The second bell would be aft by the helm, for sounding the watch and for shipboard functions.

Here’s a wonderful and early example of a ship’s bell still in its original cradle, also known as a hanger. It may have been a helm bell on a large ship or possibly a main bell on a smaller schooner. Either use would make sense.

It is made of bronze and has a fine tone. The clapper is machined steel and is a replacement. Undoubtedly, this bell was used without a clapper on board ship. This was common practice when the bell was mounted on the wheel box or the cabin top near the helm. The original iron clapper would be removed so the ferris metal would not interfere with the compass. Theere are numerous small dimples and dings on the outside of the bell, showing it was rung from the outside by being struck with a marline spike or some other tool.

The bell mouth is 8 inches (21 cm) wide. The whole unit stands 10 inches tall and is 11.5 inches wide. It is entirely bronze except for the removable, steel clapper. It will shine up nicely if you choose to do that, or you may leave it to age. I can only guess at its age, but I think it is over 100 years old.

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8-INCH BRONZE SHIP’S BELL (WITH SLOT)

This handsome, traditional ship’s bell is secured to a mast or bulkhead with a slotted attachment that lets you take the bell inside when not in use. This comes in handy when theft or vandalism is a concern.

The bell and its hardware are all cast in bronze and will shine up nicely, or you can leave it as is. The bell stands 7 inches tall, with an 8-inch diameter mouth. It has a clear, sharp tone that can be heard through a coastal fog.

You’ll be impressed with this fine old bell’s quality. It’s so much better than the cheap, new imports or the tinny, pressed brass bells found today in many boat supply stores. As a finishing touch, I have added a brass shackle and a handmade bell rope.

Want to hear the tone? Give us a call.

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SIX-INCH BRONZE SHIPS BELL

This is a nice, heavy, smaller marine bell, probably from a fishboat or freight vessel. It owes its deep green, natural finish to many, many years at sea

It stands about six and a half inches tall, with a six-inch wide mouth. It shows some minor scrapes and scratches. The ball clapper may be an old replacement. This is often the case with older ships bells.

We have added a little shackle and a traditional bell pull.

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LITTLE SHIPS BELL

Almost a miniature of its big brothers, but still a real, working ships bell made of brass or bronze, with an iron clapper. It is 3 7/8 inches tall with a mouth that is four inches wide. It comes with a brass shackle on top for hanging, and a shackle and bell rope.Should you desire, it will shine up nicely with ordinary brass polish.

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BRONZE SHIPS BELL WITH 8-INCH MOUTH

This is a great, original ships bell, probably 100 years old. It is eight inches tall, with an 8-inch mouth. It is heavily made of bell bronze and shows some trace of salt and sea in the complexion of the bronze. Best of all, it has fine, big bell sound.

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BRONZE SHIPS BELL

This is a classic bronze ships bell, eight inches tall, with its original iron clapper. It appears virtually unused, in fine condition, with no chips, dents or scrapes.

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Bell Pulls

These bell ropes are 8 or 9 inches long and will look great on any antique (or new) ship’s bell.

NEW! We have smaller bell ropes for little bells or key rings.