Avis Yuni Antiques & Collectibles

Manufacturer: Antique Doorbells
Neat find out of a home, an old fashioned black metal door ringer or door bell with a clear high pitched ring. We are not hardware experts, but this antique doorbell looks to us from the backside to be an electric one, but we do not have the means to hook it up and test it, so we don't know if it is in working condition. However, when we pull the small side knocker or clapper back and let it hit the larger ringer, it makes a nice, clear tone like one would expect of an old piece like this. This reminds us of the kind of door bell or shop ringer seen in old movies as being used in stores, but probably could be used in a home or other setting.

We don't know what metal this is made of, but a magnet does stick to this, so perhaps steel. This has a metal bell attached to a metal casing piece which holds the clapper to one side, and on the backside has holes for hanging. You can also see on the back of this casing two interior spools of green fabric covered wire, two plates with protruding metal pieces, and a protruding end of a metal screw. There is no manufacturer name or country of origin marking on this piece. While we don't know the exact age, we are certain this is at least vintage and quite possibly antique (from some internet research, electric doorbells had become commonplace by the early 1900's).

Measures about 5 1/2 inches total length, about 2 5/8 inches greatest width, about 2 3/8 inches diameter for the circular ringer, and when laying on a table measures about 7/8 inch in height/depth. There is a raised, molded arrow type design on the topside of the casing part. We've provided 8 images including close-ups to show from all angles, front and backsides. Please use the zoom feature to examine closely. This antique door bell weighs over 5 ounces unpacked.

This has a wonderful vintage look but shows its age and wear, and is not mint. We believe this was used as there is a lot of surface wear on the metal, top and bottom sides, with rust/corrosion, scratches, dots/spots/rubbed wear, scarring/scraped spots, etc. This piece still looks black in color but looks used and old. Along the edge of the casing section where the doorbell would hang on a wall (either the top or bottom edge, depending on how this was hung, the casing edge most opposite to the bell part), you can see a lot of small dents/curves/denting as if someone has pushed in along this metal edge to pry this off a wall. There are not large dents here, just lots of shallow ones all along this edge, so our guess is that this was hung and rehung a number of times with multiple prying from the walls in between. There is also a bit of this denting along one side edge of the casing portion. Still very solid with what looks to us to be all parts attached and no other dents/pieces missing.

Vintage Black Metal Electric Doorbell Store Shop Ringer Call Bell

  • Your price: $12.00
  • Item Number: 2023
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