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Old Court House Museum

Bell, School


Accession number: 1976.25.02
Date: 1900 – 1976
Materials: metal, Brass; wood; metal, Cast iron
Measurements: 21.8 cm H x 11.4 cm DiameterOverall measurements;21.8 cm, bell 9.5 cm, handle 12.2 cm. Tongue 8 cm. Diameter of opening 11.4 cm--top of bell 6 cm.
Marks/Label: Engraved on the top portion of the bell: ^
Group: School
Narrative: Bells are a percussion instrument and an idiophone which means their sound is created through their vibrations. Bells are cast using a process called bellmaking or bellfounding. They are made to exact formulas so given the diameter one can calculate every dimension of the bell as well as its musical tone. The frequency of the bell’s note varies with the square of the thickness and inversely with the diameter.
Description: A school bell with a handle with numerous ridges. The base is shaped like an upside down cup with a circular opening. It is hollow inside the base with a link connecting the top of the base to a ball.
History of Use: School bells are used to alert students when to switch classes and the start and finish of the school day.