Overall the condition of the bell is good, with some wear and dirt to the surface consistent with age and utilitarian context. The casting is rough in areas, particularly around the handle. There is some dryness to the lacquer patina, as well as minor greening in areas. There are some chips around the bottom edge, and there are minor nicks and scratches throughout. There is corrosion to the iron clapper, consistent with the material. While the clapper clearly has age, it is possible that it could have been replaced at a later date.
There is particular surface wear to the top of the wood base due to contact with the heavy bronze; otherwise the condition of the base is good. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."