Almost a miniature of its big brothers, but still a real, working bell made of brass or bronze, with an iron clapper.
One of my early memories as a boy is being aboard an old fishing schooner and seeing a small bell in the crew foc'sle with a piece of jigging line tied to it, leading up on deck as a way to call the crew.
Here is a smilar little ships bell. Almost a miniature of its big brothers, but still a real, working 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.
People laugh when I call these little fellows 'ships bells.' Many are unaware that ships usually carried more than one bell and their sizes varied. Large ocean-going vessels in the age of sail usually had two larger bells, one main bell on the foredeck for sounding warnings and communication with other ships, and a helm bell for striking the watch. The ships cook often had a hand bell for sounding chow call.