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Discussion in 'Clock Repair' started by novicetimekeeper, Jan 26, 2019.
Just wondering how long this bell has been on a clock. I think it is a replacement.
GB might stand for Gustav Becker, but the logo is wrong.
Chris Radano said they only made gongs, but they were my first thought. The clock is first quarter 18th century English, but I bought it in Denmark so the bell could have come from anywhere in Europe and anytime since 1715.
John Robey mentions this marking in his invaluable 2 volume tome, The Longcase Reference. He says it is often found on 18th century clocks, particularly musical clocks, but are actually from the 19th century. He shows an example from a Markham & Perigal musical clock. He goes on to say it was probably made by George Mason Bowen, son of a brass founder in Clerkenwell in 1875, as "bell founder, church and turret."
PS.. I'm surprised you haven't secured a copy yet??
Thank you for that. I felt it was a modern bell but not too modern so I was in the right area.
I have had mixed reviews on it, but I know he did a lot of work on foundries found in 17th century London so I know his work can be useful. If he has things like this in it, and you have a copy, I should get one.
I wonder if that is when the clock was restored? The bell hammer with the leather insert looks like late 19th century to me.