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Old 11-28-2019, 06:48 PM
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Default Tombac (?) Bell

I have found multiple pieces of the same bell at several old home sites, but found a whole one yesterday at a new site. Material looks like tombac, but could be something else. The clapper is rusted away. Found the long iron thing in the same location, as well as a wagon wheel hub and a bunch of horse tack buckles. Thought maybe the long iron thing was used to hang the bell?
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Old 11-29-2019, 02:50 PM
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Nice Conestoga bell.

These were a brass like alloy with a few other metals to obtain a silvery color and prevent tarnish.

Probably similar to Tombac.

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Old 11-29-2019, 08:39 PM
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I was just reading about them 5 minutes ago,lol..I found one awhile back and watched a video called green mountain metal detecting just tonight and the guy found one and called it a tombac bell...i looked it up and sure enough,,,you got one too..
They were strung across the back of horse drawn wagons way back in the day,so yours might be that old too.nice find,Congrats
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Old 11-30-2019, 02:29 PM
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The other piece is part of the horse/wagon harness. I don't know enough to point to which part.
Some web searching of wagon harness will find it.
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Old 12-02-2019, 10:27 PM
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Nice Conestoga bell. Good job recovering it intact. Those old Tombac metals are very brittle and they're usually broken in several pieces.

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Old 12-04-2019, 09:31 AM
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Surprised I did not remember seeing that. I like his videos!

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I was just reading about them 5 minutes ago,lol..I found one awhile back and watched a video called green mountain metal detecting just tonight and the guy found one and called it a tombac bell...i looked it up and sure enough,,,you got one too..
They were strung across the back of horse drawn wagons way back in the day,so yours might be that old too.nice find,Congrats
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Old 12-04-2019, 09:35 AM
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Thanks. After Googling, looks like it is called a "hame".

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The other piece is part of the horse/wagon harness. I don't know enough to point to which part.
Some web searching of wagon harness will find it.
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Old 12-04-2019, 10:26 AM
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nice one! it actually a pretty big one compared to the ones I normally find.
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Nice looking bell! Congrats!

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