Large brass/bronze RAF station bell with classic 'crown' top. This is the larger of the two sizes produced, measuring approximately 32cm in height and 32cm diameter. It has the smaller more Air Ministry markings, crown and 1940 date. The original clapper is absent but the bell comes with a reproduction replacement. We have left the bell in 'as found' condition. It has relatively minor 'dings', scratches and surface wear where it has been struck over the years. The crown top has been painted red as has the inside of the bell. It seems likely that the entire bell was at some stage painted red but this has been removed from the main casting. With some effort it could no doubt be polished to a shinier finish but you may prefer this 'flatter' 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 (apart from the clapper) and not one of the copies that are now surfacing. Stock code M23342.