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Combining two of the most significant tools and symbols in sailing, these ships bells for sale represent a fascinating nautical history. Both bells and anchors were developed in ancient times, and came to prominence aboard ships during the Middle Ages in Europe, as countries fought for supremacy by exploring and conquering the world by sea. The anchor came to symbolize strength and honor, and the safety of being at port and at home, while these antique ships bells came to stand for pride and excellence, shining examples of what sailors should aspire to. The ships bell was used for both safety in inclement weather, to alert the ship to an attack or collision, and to regulate the shifts of the sailors aboard. These ships bells for sale are crafted from solid brass, following the ancient tradition, using a metal that is both durable to the harsh conditions at sea and incredibly aesthetic. Each of these ship's bells for sale exudes the tradition, history, and pride of sailing the seas, and is a work of art in itself.
The brass ship bell came to be used in various ceremonies aboard ship, as well as acting as an essential tool for safety and order on board. During christening services brass bells were rung, and were often filled with water for baptisms, with the name of the child being inscribed on the brass ship bell as a way of bringing the ship and the country’s people together. The brass ship bell was also rung when visiting officers, heads of state, or other important people came aboard, with an entire system of rings developed specifically for this honor guard. Equally as important, brass hand bells, and larger ship bells, were rung in funeral services for sailors at sea. As a euphemism for the end of a sailor’s journey, as eight bells ring to signal the end of a sailor’s watch day, eight bells tolled when a sailor was buried at sea to mark the end of his final watch.