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Catalog Number 01.C.51
Object Name Bell
Title Fragment of a clock bell
Artist Unknown
Description Iron bell fragment. Surface is pockmarked and scratched.
Label When Isaiah Lukens deposited this item at the APS, he described it as "A fragment of a bell of a clock 'curiously blistered' by a stroke of lightning." Little else is known about the object. Lukens was a 19th-century Philadelphia clockmaker and was responsible for constructing a replacement clock in the tower of the State House (now Independence Hall). Lukens also purportedly manufactured the air gun used by Lewis and Clark on their expedition up the Missouri River.
Material Iron
Dimensions D-1.25 Dia-3.75 inches
Credit line American Philosophical Society. Gift of Isaiah Lukens, 2 January 1829.
Search Terms 19th century
nineteenth century
Philadelphia
timepiece