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Hand Bell - Adolph Bruhn & Son, Brass & Wood, circa 1870s-1950s Reg. No: SH 912072
- Hand bell with wooden handle made by Adolph Bruhn & Son, circa 1870s-1950s. It was taken from Area A at Adolph Bruhn & Son's Wood Turners Shop, 283 Coventry Street, South Melbourne. The business was established by Adolph Bruhn circa 1893 in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Upon his death in 1919 it was then operated by Adolph's son Sophus Christopher Bruhn. Upon Sophus's death in 1959 his son Sophus Walter Bruhn took over the business. In 1970 Sophus reduced the scale of the business and relocated to South Melbourne. The business closed upon Sophus's death in January 1990.
Adolph Bruhn migrated to Australia from Germany in 1884, at the age of 29. He arrived in Adelaide where he lived for 10 months before moving to Victoria, where he settled, established his business, married and had five children.
- Woodturned handle, shaped like a baseball bat with five grooves near the top. Brass cylindrical piece of grey metal joins bell to handle. Inside, rusty metal chain hanging from hook, string and wire attached to chain. Chime is missing.
|Dimensions:||37.50 cm (Height), 17.50 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||trades, german communities, german immigration, woodturning industry, handcrafts|
|Themes this item is part of:||Bruhn Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection|
|Tertiary Classification:||workshop fittings|
|Maker (Possible):||Mr Adolph Bruhn - Adolph Bruhn & Son, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1893 - 1919|
|Maker (Possible):||Sophus Bruhn - Adolph Bruhn & Son, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1919-1959|
|User:||Mr Sophus Bruhn - Adolph Bruhn & Son, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1959-1970|
|User:||Mr Sophus Bruhn - Adolph Bruhn & Son, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1970-1990|