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A rare bicycle handle bell made by "New Departure".
Circa early 1900s, USA.

There is still some of the ornate, original brass or copper paint on top. It is a rare find, and also useful as an owner of this piece mounted it on a wood base many many years ago. Perhaps it was a treasured childhood possession, too precious to part with.

There is some surface rust, but it just adds to the character of the piece.
Please see photos for details.

The ringer still works, just use your finger and pull the trigger. The sound is rich, strong, and it lingers. Lovely relic from "the olden days".


More INFO:
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New Departure Manufacturing Company
Written by Bill Bowman

New Departure Bell Company was formed in 1888 by brothers Albert and Edward Rockwell in Bristol, Connecticut as a manufacturer of doorbells. They began operations at one end of a clock factory, manufacturing doorbells. Soon after, they branched out manufacturing various other products.

In 1898, New Departure introduced the bicycle coaster brake and in 1903 they also began making brakes for belt and chain-driven motorcycles. Large quantities of bicycle front and rear wheel hubs were produced.

In 1904, the Rockwells produced an automobile and then in 1907, the Rockwell Taxi Cab. In 1911, the automobile production ceased. In 1912, Albert organized the Yellow Cab Company, which went into receivership in 1913.

REDUCED. Victorian Bicycle Bell. New Departure. Beautiful Tones. Antique 1900.


Overview

  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Material: metal
  • Only ships within United States.
  • Feedback: 968 reviews
  • Favorited by: 95 people