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Excellent collection of "Trip Gongs"

Life-long Collection of Trip Gongs (“Boxing Bells”) for SALE

For over four decades this collection of Trip Gongs (commonly known as “Boxing Bells”) has evolved. A diverse selection of various styles have been restored and are now offered as a intact collection. Included in this collection are bells ranging from small 3" to a whopping 18" in diameter. Most bell gongs are brass/bronze but some were iron and these have been chromed to factory-like new. There are standard Trip Gong mechanisms as well as those fitting the “Railroad” description; and some have no springs with totally bronze inner workings. Two bells are very early and were made by the Vandusan firm. The collection contains a Bevin make, one made by Wall and even a Ship’s bell with double hammers.

Row of various trip gongs

List of Bells in Collection

1-18" chrome with black frame &bronze mechanism
1-16" chrome with green frame &bronze mechanism
2-14" brass with all bronze frame &mechanism (no springs)
5-12" 4 brass &1 chrome, all with bronze mechanism
1-10" Brass/bronze metal frame &bronze mechanism
5-8" 3 brass &1 chrome, all with bronze mechanism
2-7" brass, all with bronze mechanism
1-6" brass with bronze mechanism
1-4" brass with bronze mechanism
1-3" brass with bronze mechanism

view of more bells on a wall

Fourteen of the bells (above) are mounted at the end of a double car garage. Examples are shown below. The remaining six bells are mounted on a separate wall space (right). Included is a 12" marine bell with a double striking mechanism; a side-strike mechanism mounted on a pedestal; two very early Vandusan bells; a 14” brass bell with no springs (depends on quick pull for activation); a chrome bell with a shroud for protection, a very large 16" chrome bell and, recently added to the collection, a massive 18” trip gong from a fire station.

18 inch chrome plated bell

Above: 18" chrome bell after restoration.

view of 12 and 14 inch bells

Above: 12" Railroad bell with three springs; 14" brass bell with no springs.

view of early 7 inch bell with 2 springs

Above: an early railroad mechanism with a 7" bronze bell and two springs.

ten inch bell made by the Wall firm and also a 12 inch 
   bronze bell on an iron pedestal

Above, left: A 10" restored strike gong made by the Wall firm. Above, right: a rare 12" bronze bell on an iron pedestal.

A 10 inch marine bell with two strikers

Above: A 10" Double strike marine bell.

Price (for all 20 bells)
$3500.00 o.b.o


Ron Bopp (918) 527 0589 5207 10th Ave Dr, W. Bradenton, FL 34209

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