Cast brass handbell with turned ebony handle and heavy chain/ball clapper. Approx. 25cm tall. Nice Air Ministry and King's crown markings on the brass collar. Shows use and wear with crack down the handle but in good condition overall. The use of these was probably varied and may have included service as fire bells, calling men to order for lectures/briefings, air raid alerts or even to help 'scramble' fighters for a sortie. Stock code M17735.