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mnp13 03-29-2007 10:56 AM

Antique Doorbells
The home we just bought has crank doorbells in two of the doors. The cranks work, and the bell "clicks" but it doesn't "ring." I unscrewed the covers and it appears to me that the striking mechanisms are missing. there is a piece that moves when you turn the handle, but I can't see anything that would bang against the door.

The bells say "patented Dec 31, 1867." on the front.

Mike Swearingen 03-29-2007 11:56 AM

I've sold numerous old homes with those crank doorbells (real estate broker). People salvage them, and you may be able to find replacements at a home salvage yard. Check the Yellow Pages in your area.

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