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There are numbers on the top detail photo of markings on outside. I am told there are no interior seams. Overall height is 11 1/2". (ignore the white string)
What does the inside look like?
Does the shaft thread all the way into the inside of the base? As, does the shaft change heights?
Did you ever get any additional pictures to show us?
Molly : just posted two more photos
I appreciate the extra pictures and have been neglecting my paperwork to give it another try. This thing is driving me crazy. I even came across the post on Collectors Weekly and they were no help. It seems like a base. The bottom has a lot of wear. It does have a hole where a clapper could potentially go, but it is so thick...it really doesn't seem to make sense as a bell. Some sort of hanging weight? I don't know, but I will keep thinking.
thank you Molly for your input and help. I am just as frustrated and curious as you. It definitely is a puzzler!
Sorry I can't come up with the answer but the bolt is a carriage bolt. I tried to look up uses for a very large carriage bolt but ran into a dead end. Is the tag an auction item number tag. If so you might refer back to the catalog.
"A carriage bolt, coach bolt or round head square neck bolt is used through iron strengthening plates on either side of a wooden beam. It is commonplace though to use them on bare timber, the squared section giving enough grip to prevent rotation. Carriage bolts are extensively used in security fixings where the bolt must only be removable from one side. The smooth domed head and square neck below prevent the carriage bolt from being unlocked from the insecure side."
Given this bit of information from Bill, I found this little passage above. So, now we need to figure out why the bell-shaped weight was attached to the bolt. Maybe it was a foot to something?
Hi Molly. Thanks for your help. What do you mean by 'this little passage above' ? I am not sure what you are referring to.
I was referring to the explanation in parentheses explaining the carriage bolt.
Bill, there is no tag, just a string. the only number is what is on the bell shaped bottom.
I have my feelers out for this item....let's hope we are as successful as that dang Can Soldering Machine!