Antique Boxing Bell Vintage Alarm Old Fight Club Bronze Iron Gloves Firehouse Nr For Sale
This massive bell is one beautiful monster. It was discovered more than a decade ago in an old designer's studio (by myself) during his move out due to a change in building ownership. The old guy was clearing out tons of great stuff and it was the last day before he had to go. I bought a lot of vintage hand-poured glass bricks, deco fixtures, and some nice wood pieces from him. Bought way too much actually. Anyway, he had almost cleared out and it was the end of his last day there, so I went back to see if anything was left. He was basically ready to go. On the way out, I happened to notice a dirty rope sticking through a hole in his front door, behind some boxes. Curiosity got to me and I peeked around the back of the door. Attached to the other end of the rope was none other than this beautiful massive bell... mounted to the back of his studio door! (Consider that a reminder to look behind every door)Anyway, the guy had basically forgotten about it as the door was propped open from his boxes of packing stuff. He had rigged the rope through the door to act as a crazy doorbell to his office.I asked about it and he said - Oh yea, that's a boxing bell I got from Mickey Rourke. I think he said he had done some work for him. In any event, his truck was already packed and my offer for the bell was right so we had a deal. The bell had a new home. This was around 1999, probably after Rourke's interest in boxing surged but before his success with The Wrestler in '08 and his Oscar nomination for the film.The bell and mechanism are beautiful. Old. Old. Old.... And that bell has been hammered! But that's the great part. It is built like a tank that has been through a fight and still the bell has the most amazing sound ever. A real champion. You can see the hammer hit marks from use in countless bouts through the years. The glorious ring after the bell strikes seems to last forever - and it vibrates like a tuning fork. Perfectly wonderful. Talk about everlast!I have taken pictures so you can see the various hit marks of the striker on the bell sides and some shots just of this kick mechanism to show how it looks underneath, and reveal the numbers on it which are noted below, as best can be made out. I also put a quarter in a few pictures for scale. This thing is massive. But amazing. I can find nothing remotely similar to the striking mechanism but have looked and if anyone has any ideas, would be great to know.That mechanism is very interesting too. The rope spins along an iron pulley and attaches to a pivot arm. When pulled, the pivot arm kicks up a separate striker hammer which hits the bell, but is allowed to fall back away immediately to allow the ring to sound out. Very Rube Goldberg, and all looking great in a dark iron bronze color that just speaks history. The pictures only do it partial justice.Details: Overall size: nearly 44" circumference on the bell itself Length from edge of bell to end of striker: 17" Weight: about 23 pounds with the backboard Wooden backboard size: 22 1/4" x 10" x 3/4" thick Rope is not original to piece.Height of bell at center from backboard to top of bolt: approx 7 1/2" Diameter of bell approx 14" Mounting holes on iron base are 3" apartMarkings on bell mechanism can be seen in photos: Number shown on platform: 1438 A (with flipped 8) Number shown on pivot kicker: Appears to be B02 I will ship disassembled and packed well so the winner will just have to mount the bell once it arrives. I have included insurance in the shipping amount as I think it is a necessary part of shipping items of this nature.This would make an excellent fixture for a sports bar, man cave, media or game room, home theater or personal museum & collection of sports paraphernalia. Great for high school or college trophy case or cabinet -- or as a conversation piece for bar or restaurant & cafe. , so this baby is going to find a grand home in 10 days time! Hope it is you. Good luck, thank for looking and happy offerding!There is on this more background information:The office where it was initially found is located in Hollywood, a few blocks away from the Dolby Academy Awards Theater where Cirque Du Soleil had their recent 'Iris' show running. (formerly known as the Kodak Theater), and just around the bend from the Hollywood Bowl Amphitheater and Ford Amphitheater.The old building where the bell's owner had his office was once known as the Hotel Dupont in the 1920's. It's a beautiful building. And even though there was no fire escape from the place at the time, it was said to have hosted a wonderful rooftop garden. During the 1930's and 1940's the building was called "Hotel Padre" while downstairs there was a Cafe and just south was Melton's Draperies. (His offices took up two stories of space at far left of the image.)It is located in Historic Whitley Heights, the nation's original Beverly Hills of early cinema where the stars lived and played. Residents range from Rudolph Valentino, Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Carmen Miranda, Natasha Rambova, James Dean, Judy Garland, Beulah Bondi, Barbara Stanwyck, Gloria Swanson, Jean Harlow, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Cecil B. De Mille -- to Jean Harlow, Francis Coppola, Francis X Bushman, Marie Dressler, Harold Lloyd, Greta Garbo, Robert Vignola, Carole Lombard, William Powell, Paris Hilton, Ellen Pompeo, Maurice Chevalier, Wallace Beery among many others. The building is a couple blocks from Hollywood Boulevard, the Hollywood and Highland Complex, and Hollywood's Walk of Fame -- and within sight of the Capital Records Building and downtown Los Angeles. H.J. Whitley, the Father of Hollywood founded this Whitley Heights enclave.____Some info on Mickey RourkeMickey Rourke starred in the films Diner, Rumble Fish, 9½ Weeks, The Pope of Greenwich Village, Barfly and Angel Heart. Rourke performed with David Bowie on the Never Let Me Down album, while around that same period penned his first screenplay, Homeboy, a story about boxing in which he starred as well. Rourke starred in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man as Harley Davidson, a biker whose best friend, Marlboro, was none other than Don Johnson. In 1991, Rourke, who had trained as a boxer in his early years and as an amateur boxer, put together a knockout streak of 12 straight., left acting and became a professional boxer. Rourke was undefeated in eight fights, with six wins (the majority by knockout) and two draws. He fought in countries around the globe including Spain, Japan and Germany. He had supporting roles in several later motion pictures, including The Rainmaker, Buffalo '66, The Pledge, Get Carter, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Man on Fire. Rourke made his comeback in more developed Hollywood projects with a lead role in Sin City in 2005, and portrayed a past-his-prime wrestler in "The Wrestler", taking home a Golden Globe award and nomination for Academy Award.He also appeared in the mega hits Iron Man 2 and The Expendables as well as Black November, The Courier, Immortals, Black Gold and Passion Play. Mickey is noted to be acting in the forthcoming films: Mobster: A Call for the New Order, The Storm, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Dead in Tombstone, and Java Heat For an extensive is not some mickey mouse school fire bell so make sure you are man enough to handle it Or woman enough - we don't play favorites!
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Antique Boxing Bell Vintage Alarm Old Fight Club Bronze Iron Gloves Firehouse Nr: $86