Stores reference 21C/696. Large non ferrous bronze-nickel RAF station bell with classic 'crown' top. This is the larger of the two sizes produced, measuring approximately 32cm in height by 32cm diameter and engraved to the side with large elaborate King's crown A.M. marks and 1937 date. Complete with a correct pattern replacement bi-metal clapper. We have left the bell in original condition. It has relatively minor 'dings', scratches and surface wear where it has been struck over the years, all commensurate with age. There are casting 'bubbles' visible inside and a couple of very small hairline cracks at the rim. These do not detract or affect the tone of the bell when struck. With some effort it could no doubt be polished to a shinier finish if desired but we prefer its current patina. The crown top is painted black but as with many bells has remnants of red paint as well. 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 Hurricanes and Spitfires. A must for every serious collector, these are increasingly difficult to find now particularly with early pre-1940 dates. A superb, impressive and imposing display piece. Very heavy at around 23kg unpacked - postage is given as a guide only and may require adjustment. Stock code MDFGF2.