This rare racetrack bell was designed for use at a racetrack. Perhaps the bell would be used at the ticket counter. It still rings! The sound of the bell is atypical and is designed to mimic the sound of the start of a horse race. One would twist both handles (one on each side) of the bell to create the sound. As for the bell itself, it is bronze. The stem and base of the bell are very intricate. A jockey rides on his steed and jumps through a horseshoe and over the winner's laurel to victory. The stand is very ornate and consists of rounded patterns very reminiscent of a Corinthian column. On the bottom of the base is the marking, "Deponirt." This was a label used in French speaking countries and Austria to indicate that the design was "registered." Overall, this piece is perfect for the horse race fanatic or anyone who enjoys a good sound.
L: 3 in. W: 3 in. H: 8 3/4 in.