James Shaw


Late 1800’s – Early 1900’s, England. "JS" and the pattern numbers are usually on the crown and the castings are even thicker than Dunn bells.  Lathe marks are barely visible (like a modern bell) and the castings are polished smooth.  Shaw bells have a very short tang.  Clapper shafts are cylindrical, with one decorative line around clapper head.  Clapper flights are about the same length as modern English bells.  The clapper springs are short and stubby with cushions attached by little rivets.  Shaws from the late 1800's-1920's have a very wide clapper staple, while earlier ones do not. Staple pins are made of rawhide or leather and handles, handguards and clapper pegs are leather. "Shaw Son & Co. Bradford" may be stamped on the handle along with the bell designation.  Fleur-de-lis are stamped on handle (as well as the handguard) where it is secured to the bell.  Tuning may be noticeably sharp like WDs.

Mid - late 1800's.  Lathe marks are more visible, the staples are narrow, and the clapper is less substantial.  See pictures 6 & 7 "before" and 8, 9 & 10 "after" restoration.  Tuning is sharp.