1960s BMC Hand Cranked Polished Chrome Fire Alarm Bell

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1960s BMC Hand Cranked Polished Chrome Fire Alarm Bell

1960s BMC Hand Cranked Polished Chrome Fire Alarm Bell. A large, wall mounted, fire evacuation bell in very good condition. Beautifully polished with the centre embossed with ‘FIRE’ and painted red.

The bell was made by the British Motor Corporation (BMC): the same company responsible for the manufacture of the British Morris and Austin Motor cars. Underneath, the base does look like a vintage car brake disc and BMC did own the ‘Pressed Steel’ company!

1960s BMC Hand Cranked Polished Chrome Fire Alarm Bell
Rear of the BMC Fire Bell

It has a very nice ‘ringtone’ and we believe that it actually came from the BMC factory floor but we have no provenance for this.

A simple mechanical mechanism which comprises a roller on the end of an arm which, when turning the handle, rotates and the roller passes an extruding piece of metal resulting in the ring.

1960s BMC Hand Cranked Polished Chrome Fire Alarm Bell
Mechanical roller, which creates the ringing tone when the handle is hand turned

Back Marks

10/69 BMC

70060486350-99-129-8255

1960s BMC Hand Cranked Polished Chrome Fire Alarm Bell
Labelling on the rear of the bell

Approximate Dimensions

  • Base Diameter: 29.5cm
  • Depth: 9cm
  • Weight: 2.5 Kg

A great talking point for the loft apartment or use as a dinner gong! Wonderful object for collectors of fire related ephemera and industrial design. I remember these from my primary school days too!

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Weight 3.5 kg