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Private new build house in Hale, Gold

Our private client had retained an old brass bell from his previous house. Originally it had been situated within a cupola and operated with a long rope to a swinging clapper, long since lost. It was originally used to summon the workers around the estate at the start and end of the day. He asked us to restore the bell for use on the front door of his new property.

We designed a one-off bespoke wall fixing bracket with invisible wall fixings and issued a working drawing for our client’s approval. Following approval we manufactured a suitable pattern and cast one new bracket in solid bronze, which was then polished and lacquered.

The original bell was carefully lightly sand blasted to remove all old paint, corrosion and verdigris from all surfaces, then bead blasted with glass flour to provide a finish suitable for polishing. Once cleaned it was clear that the bell was in fact brass, and not bronze as our client had thought. We carefully polished the bell being careful to retain the decorative bands and details before lacquering it to protect it.

Our blacksmiths forged a clapper from iron and added a brass striking ball. We fitted it to the restored bell along with a new hand-woven traditional ships lanyard.

The client's own bell was received for a full restoration to an agreed specification.

The client's own bell was received for a full restoration to an agreed specification.

First we removed all old paint, corrosion and verdigris from all surfaces of the bell by lightly sand blasting and then fine finished with glass flour.

First we removed all old paint, corrosion and verdigris from all surfaces of the bell by lightly sand blasting and then fine finished with glass flour.

Once cleaned back to bare metal light porosity can be seen, these defects was formed during the production of the original casting

Once cleaned back to bare metal light porosity can be seen, these defects was formed during the production of the original casting

The bell was then polished without removing too much of the surface metal/decorative bands

The bell was then polished without removing too much of the surface metal/decorative bands

The bell was finally lacquered to protect the finish

The bell was finally lacquered to protect the finish

A bespoke bracket was designed and cast in solid bronze

A bespoke bracket was designed and cast in solid bronze

The cast bronze bracket was polished and lacquered

The cast bronze bracket was polished and lacquered

The restored bell complete with bespoke cast bronze bracket, hand-forged iron/brass clapper and hand-woven lanyard.

The restored bell complete with bespoke cast bronze bracket, hand-forged iron/brass clapper and hand-woven lanyard.

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