Gift of Mrs. C. Kinder

Gold Fever! The Lure and Legacy of the California Gold Rush. Jan 24, 1998 - Oct. 31, 1999

Bell. Date Calif. mission period? Description: Brass bell with handle, damaged probably by fire, found in Exeter, California. 2 1/2-3" at mouth, cast with gothic style figures and band reads: "Mathew, Mark, Luke and John." From a note in the donor file: Today I visited Mr. Downie of the Carmel Mission in regard to the brass bell. He indicated that it was an old bell, possibly about 1800, a reproduction of a medieval sanctuary bell of Northen Europe. He pointed out that the Latin inscriptions Matthew, Mark, Luke and John are in the vulgate Latin with the image of each evangelist below, the angel, the lion, the ox and the eagle respectively. He was not able to decipher the writing around the handle but made a guess of "Rams Lathe Ave De". The bell is cast brass and was cleaned on a lathe; note the circular marks on the inside. However a comparison of the mission bells on exhibit at the mission reveals that they too were cleaned on a machine. Mr. Downie did not think that the bell was from a California mission, but could have been from the rancho period.

Used: Exeter

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