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Bell & plaque on base

Bell & plaque on base
Bell & plaque on base
Brass, wood
Overall: 4 7/8 x 11 in. ( 12.4 x 27.9 cm )
Brass bell with spring and bell-pull activated clapper and open bell, mounted on wood panel with brass plaque inscription.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mr. Fred Hughs
Object Number 
cast: in low relief on plaque: "PROPERTY OF THE /CITY OF NEW YORK/CAR NO. 159"
Gallery Label 
According to the donor, his son was in the salvage business. He broke down old subway cars, and this bell was retrieved from one of these cars. This type of bell was used on one of the old NYC elevated train cars to signal the start of a train ride.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group