Anybody seen this bell foundry logo?

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    novicetimekeeper Registered User

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    Just wondering how long this bell has been on a clock. I think it is a replacement.

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    GB might stand for Gustav Becker, but the logo is wrong.
     
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    novicetimekeeper Registered User

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    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.
     
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    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."

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    PS.. I'm surprised you haven't secured a copy yet??
     
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    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.
     
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    I wonder if that is when the clock was restored? The bell hammer with the leather insert looks like late 19th century to me.

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