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Object Name Bell, School
Subject Education
Furnishings and Accessories
Category 6: T&E For Communication
Sub-category Sound Communication T&E
Accession Number 1972.070.340
Donor Anthony Taulbut
Description Brass handbell; black wooden handle
MIssion City Elementary school bell 22cm in overall length,bell is 12cm at widest part

Provenance The earliest Mission schools opened during the late 1800s. Those were the days before electric bells and intercoms. The majority of school bells nowadays don't really sound like a bell at all, but are either a siren or tone played over the intercom. Prior to this, an actual bell would have been rung to signal the end and beginning of the school day, and to also indicate when classes needed to be changed. Teachers would also keep hand-held bells such as this one to get their class's attention. This bell is brass with a wooden handle, and still rings loud and clear!