WWII 'Fiddian' ARP military hand bell
An early 20thC solid brass "Fiddian" hand bell, marked on the inside with the ministry broad arrow and used by ARP wardens during the blitz to signal 'all clear' to the local population after an air raid, with rattles used to signal imminent attack just before.
A quote from the '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 centre, whether or not there is gas in the locality."
A solid brass 'sand cast' bell with a turned beech handle, the collar is inscribed with "Fiddian" - Samuel Fiddian sold his business to James Barwell in 1840, who then continued to use the name on Brass goods, particularly this pattern of hand bells.
26.6cm Tall (10-1/2")
14.9cm Diameter (5-7/8")
In very good original condition with usage wear and marks but no cracks or damage.
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