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Old 02-06-2010, 09:51 PM   #1
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I have an old 12" brass ships bell known to be at least 125 yrs old. The inside is plated with another metal, dark reddish brown, doesnt clean up, a touch of acid doesnt chainge it. Any ideas as to what it is?
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:32 PM   #2
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No clue, butDO NOT clean or try to restore it. I would love to see some pics.
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Old 02-07-2010, 12:03 AM   #3
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could be copper beryllium. They used to make hammers out of this until it was realized how poisonous it was.
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Old 02-07-2010, 08:55 AM   #4
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Definitely don't clean. Leave it in it's original condition. Cleaning only decreases the value 99% of the time.
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Old 02-07-2010, 09:27 AM   #5
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want to sell it?
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Old 02-07-2010, 09:47 AM   #6
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Are there any markings on it as to who made it? Years ago there were alot of diff metals being used.

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Old 02-07-2010, 10:45 AM   #7
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I agree DONT clean it, it could be the diffrence in big money and scrap.
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