James Barwell House Bell

 
 
 

Mid 1800’s - 1900’2, England.   NOTE:  This specimen is a “house bell,” not a musical handbell.  The number “14” and a “B” is cast in relief on the crown. The casting is very thick, the crown is flat and the shoulders are quite square. Most of the bell is mottled with impressions from the sand mold, except for a 1/2” section of lip, which is polished smooth. A simple iron ball clapper is suspended from a cast ring.  The “B” is for “Barwell,” not a musical note, as the bell is an Eb6 (more or less... it is very sharp). It measures 3 1/2” high from the tang to the lip, and 3 5/8” in diameter.  Rather large for such a high bell!