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Fire Engine

Accessories

 

Fire Engine Bell  -  What is known about this bell?

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Steve Walker

 

Fire Engine Bell

Steve Walker wrote:

Question

"I was given a bell 30 years ago and told that it was off of an old fire engine of the 1950s era.

I would be interested to know if you recognise this as a fire engine bell.  I have looked on the internet and there is one with a similar top connection fitted into a frame.

The bell weighs 11kg and is stamped George VI."

Steve Walker, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England:  June 7, 2010

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If you know anything about this type of bell, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to Steve.    Thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  June 10, 2010

 

Reply

1.

Steven Walker

Steve Walker added:

The Bell

"Someone recently told me that the Auxiliary Fire Service / Green Goddess did have bells with George VI stamped on the top.

I was also told, when I was given the bell, that the fire engine was converted into transportation for people.  I have looked on the Internet and found a 'pump' which looks as if it carried equipment.  It actually looks like a small coach.

I'm not sure if that could be the one that my bell came from."

Steve Walker, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England:  June 10, 2010

 

Reply

2.

John Hadden

Edinburgh

John Hadden wrote:

The Bell

"I think it would seem reasonable to believe that this bell really is off a fire engine, but I would suggest that 1940s may be more likely.

The bell in the photo is the very same shape and style as the bell on a Green Goddess fire engine, except the top fitting of a Green Goddess bell is by a bolt through a vertical hole in the top of the bell and not by a horizontal bolt as in the photo.

Also, the markings on the top of a Green Goddess bell are "ER" instead of "G vi R", because the Green Goddesses were built from 1953 to 1956.

I suggest that if there is any trace of paint on or in the bell, that may be a clue if it was from a military fire engine.  For example, I suspect that all Green Goddess bells were painted green, like the rest of the vehicle.  I know of at least one genuine example."

John Hadden, Edinburgh:  June 10, 2010

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3.

Ian Scott

Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire, England

Ian wrote:

The Bell

"I agree.  The bell is most likely an ex-AFS(pre1941) or a NFS bell.  They were originally rough cast and painted 'NFS grey', but the firemen removed the rough cast and polished them for years (bull) and this is the final result .

I have one in the garage that came of one of Edinburgh's old NFS appliances."

Ian Scott, Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire, Scotland:  June 16, 2010

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4.

Ken Vernon

Frome, Somerset, England

Ken wrote:

Another Bell

"I've just bought a similar bell from a sale room in Frome, Somerset.  I paid 50 for it.  It's red and white inside.  I know nothing more about it."

Ken Vernon, Frome, Somerset, England:  August 12, 2010

 

 

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