WW-2 British "FIDDIAN" marked Cast Brass Hand Bell, for Civilian Gas Warning Attack Ended with Oak Handle Circa 1939 to 1945 ! Solid Cast Brass Bell with a Matte Finish between the Ring Grooves. Clacker is made of cast iron attached with a solid Steel offset figure 8 Chain.
Historical Notes for the WW2 ARP (Air Raid Patrol) “Fiddian” Brass Hand Bell ; Samuel Fiddian sold his business to James Barwell in 1940. The bell is in excellent condition with no cracks, completely original According to Air Raid Precaution Handbook No.8, The Duties of Air Raid Wardens: "The cancellation of the local gas warning will be by hand bells, rung through the streets of the [warden's] sector. Hand bells may also be used to repeat the Raiders Passed signal but only if gas is not about. Hand bells will in fact be an "All Clear" signal, which is different from the Raiders Passed signal, since the latter will be sounded on receipt of the message from the national center, whether or not there is gas in the locality."
Measures : Stands 10 1/4 inches High, with a 6 inch diameter at bell opening.
Weight : 3 Pounds and 0.6 Ounces.