Antique Boxing Bell Vintage Alarm Old Fight Club Bronze Iron Gloves Firehouse Nr
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Antique Boxing Bell Vintage Alarm Old Fight Club Bronze Iron Gloves Firehouse Nr:
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!