RAF Station 'Scramble' Bell - 1940
Large nickel plated bronze RAF station bell with classic 'crown' top. This is the larger of the two sizes produced, measuring approximately 32cm in height (not including protruding clapper when fitted) and 32cm diameter. Stamped 'A.T.W' and with War Department broad arrow on the crown top and engraved to the side with King's crown A.M. marks and 1940 date. This example is complete with the original clapper which are often missing. Other than giving it a quick clean we have left the bell is in totally original condition . It has relatively minor 'dings', scratches and surface wear where it has been struck over the years and some verdigris deposits inside and on the clapper - all commensurate with age. With some effort it could no doubt be polished to a shinier finish if desired but we prefer its original patina. Contrary to popular belief each station had more than one bell. They were not used exclusively to 'scramble' aircraft but due to various original 1940 Pathe newsreels these have become iconic symbols of the Battle of Britain and fighter pilots racing to their waiting aircraft. A must for every serious collector, these are increasingly difficult to find now. A superb, impressive and imposing display piece. Extremely heavy at around 23kg unpacked - postage is given as a guide only and may require adjustment. As with everything we list this is guaranteed original and not one of the copies that are now surfacing. Please enquire if you need more information. Stock code M20426.