Tuesday, August 08, 2006
I saw this bell many years ago in an antique shop in Romsey, Hampshire, oddly enough named 'Bell Antiques' It sells a wide variety of antiques. It is where I bought a very old handbell engraved 'Cornelius Cole' featured in my bell collection blog. This bell was on display in the shop but not for sale. The owner had bought it from someone who told him it came from a submarine although he did not know its name. The owner told me he rang the bell to celebrate major sales. I coveted the bell and often tried to buy it without success. I was promised first refusal when the owner retired. To my surprise and delight when I visited the shop today I was offered the bell - not because of retirement, but as a reward for my persistence. So the moral of the tale? If at first you don't succeed, try try and try again!