Monday, June 19, 2006
I found this in a filthy state on the floor of a little junk shop on the Isle of Wight. I cleaned it up and hung it on a little garden bracket. It has the inscription 'PS Graff Spee 1939' Now in case you think this is the real thing, this type of bell is turned out in large numbers, mainly in India. You see a lot of Titanic versions. I saw one advertised on Ebay as a genuine find from the Graff Spee. Decent named old ship's bells fetch a lot of money, so do your research before buying. But I like my 'warning' bell and it sounds good.