Propeller Indiana’s Hand Bell

Description
Found on the wreck of the propeller steamer Indiana, a bell as small as this one would have been too small to serve as a fog signal for any distance. It probably would have been used to signal crew watch changes, as a dinner bell, or possibly to signal someone on a nearby shore.
Object Name
bell
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
average spatial: 24.37 cm x 12.96 cm; 9 5/8 in x 5 1/8 in
overall: 9 3/4 in x 5 1/4 in; 24.765 cm x 13.335 cm
ID Number
1979.1030.15
catalog number
1979.1030.15
accession number
1979.1030
related event
Expansion and Reform
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Transportation
Exhibition
On the Water
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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