Cast bell. J Warner & Sons Ltd, London. 1892.

Circa 1892, London

Bell metal.

Sound in all respects with good colour and some carefully chosen cobwebs inside.

Dimensions: 33.00cm high x 33.00cm wide x 33.00cm deep

John Warner & Sons were a family business established in 1763 with a continuous history of over two centuries. Warners cast bells for churches and Cathedrals across the world but they are also an integral part of the story of the Great Clock at Westminster and the largest bell ever cast in Britain at that time. They had a number of foundries at different locations in what was then called “the workshop of the world;” London. These sites included Cheapside, Cripplegate, Spitalfields and Fleet Street but the original hour bell for the Great Clock was cast at Stockton-on-Tees in 1856. The daunting task of not only casting a 16 ton bell but then transporting it to London created great publicity for the company which they exploited for years despite the fact that it cracked outside Westminster whilst being tested.
There were a number of factors resulting in the breaking of the bell; too heavy a hammer, a new mixture of bell metal, a new shape and the sheer size. However the broken bell was then recast by the Whitechapel Bell Foundry and finally installed in 1859 only to crack again after two months. The crack was cleverly repaired but Big Ben still has a slightly fluffy tone, which makes it so distinct.

Dimensions: 33.00cm high x 33.00cm wide x 33.00cm deep

£760.00

   
Cast bell. J Warner & Sons Ltd, London. 1892.