Original Napoleonic Era British Brass Ship Bell Dated 1806 Engraved HMS MAIDA
Original Item: Only One Available. Standing almost 15" tall and 12.5" wide this is solid brass and weighs a lot. Really, you need both hands here.
Deactivated by having the internal clapper and hanging mount removed this, however, is a fabulous find. It has the typical British Naval iron crown mounting to the top and is engraved:
On the other side cast into the Bell with raised letters reads-
We are not sure what G.A.W means but most likely they are the foundry initials that cast the bell.
Like the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, there is a crack, only hairline from under the date to the Bell's rim which ads to the historical story of this incredible item.
H.M.S. MAIDA started life in 1795 as a 74 guns FRENCH Ship of the Line of the "Temeraire" class named "LE JUPITER". On February 6th. 1806 British Vice Admiral Ducksworth captured "LE JUPITER" at SANO DOMINGO in the Caribbean. She was taken into service with the Royal Navy, refitted at Spithead and renamed "H.M.S.MAIDA." and was given to the command of Captain S.H.Linzee. In the final throws of the Napoleonic Wars "HMS MAIDA" was sold out of service on August 11th. 1814.
Family lore tells us this Bell was discovered in an East End London Scrap Yard in 1934.
Another piece of Military History saved from the smelter!
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