A cast copper-alloy bell
with a truncated conical sound chamber and an integral drilled rectangular
hanger. The entire external surface of the conical section is decorated with
multiple narrow flats, which run lengthwise and were produced by filing. The top
is flat, plain and oval in plan, with the transverse hanger located at the
centre of the major axis. The clapper is now missing, but there is a small
piercing on the top of the chamber, where it was attached. A rust stain on the
inside of the chamber indicates that it was made of iron. The form of the bell
(flat oval top, straight-sided bell-chamber and flat, drilled suspension loop)
is closely similar to that of certain hand-crafted Ottoman Empire animal bells
of the 19th century, and it is therefore tentatively attributed to this period.
The UKDFD is aware that other bells of similar type, offered at auction (example),
have been dated to the Roman period. We believe that this dating is incorrect.