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US Navy Bell restoration and display

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Good evening everyone, hope all is going well. My question is simple, I recently acquired a cast iron US Navy bell. I believe it is WW2 manufacture due to the cast iron material. I would like to refinish it but am unsure what a bell would look like once the vessel was out to sea. The attached pictures are from a US Navy training film, the bell I have, one that sold recently, and a NOS bell on ebay. Once a vessel was out to sea was it repainted as new, or was it painted with whatever.  Thanks






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I'm making an uninformed guess at this, but given that most bells were brass and polished, I would assume that a cast bell would most likely have been painted haze grey, just like the ship. 


That's my hunch...

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Finally finished this project. Got the bell sand blasted and painted. The custom stand and rope were done by Jim McCurdy at The Ship In A Bottle. I am pleased with the way it turned out.





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