Overall: 16 x 12 in. ( 40.6 x 30.5 cm )
Cast brass bell with loop at top with three piercings; bell is banded and has inscriptions made from applied square sheet-metal plates with letters and foliate decoration; applied sheet-metal cross on one side, and applied sheet-metal square with cross on hill on other.
Gift of Mrs. Augustus Van Horne Ellis
in relief: "AVE MARIA ES DESAN IVAN"
According to the accession records, the history of this bell is unknown, except that it once hung in Pelham Priory, a girls school run by the Boltons (possibly Sarah Knowles Bolton) during the 19th century at Pelham, Westchester County, N.Y. The donor attended this school. The translation of the inscription is as follows: "Hail Mary from the highest/ and her son and the spirit."
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.