Heavy Antique 14" Bronze Bell With Clanger - John Warner - J Warner & Sons 1887
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Heavy Antique 14" Bronze Bell With Clanger - John Warner - J Warner & Sons 1887:
A bronze bell which was made in 1887 by the famous bell makers J Warner & Sons - famous for making Big Ben's bell in the Houses of Parliament.
Fantastic condition considering this is over 125 years old. No cracks or major chips, excellent cosmetic condition. Wonderful patination.
Comes complete with original clanger - it makes quite a din!!
14 Inches in diameter, 13 inches in height. VERY heavy I can just about lift it.
John Warner & Sons were a family business established in 1763 with a continuous history of over two centuries. Warners cast bells for churches and Cathedrals across the world but they are also an integral part of the story of the Great Clock at Westminster and the largest bell ever cast in Britain at that time. They had a number of foundries at different locations in what was then called “the workshop of the world;” London. These sites included Cheapside, Cripplegate, Spitalfields and FleetStreet but the original hour bell for the Great Clock was cast at Stockton-on-Tees in 1856. The daunting task of not only casting a 16 ton bell but then transporting it to London created great publicity for the company which they exploited for years despite the fact that it cracked outside Westminster whilst being tested.
There were a number of factors resulting in the breaking of the Great bell; too heavy a hammer, a new mixture of bell metal, a new shape and the sheer size. However the broken bell was then recast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and finally installed in 1859 only to crack again after two months. The crack was cleverly repaired but Big Ben still has a slightly fluffy tone, which makes it so distinct.
You are welcome to come and view this item at my home in Southampton. I would prefer a collection in person however I am happy to post worldwide at buyers arrangement, expense and liability but I would prefer a face to face transaction. As with all antiques, there are inevitably signs of wear which I have tried to highlight in my photographs. All items are 'sold as seen' and no refunds so timewasters need not apply ;o)