Hitting it with something but it does not effect the great sound at all. The clapper is made of iron but the top mounting rod had to be replaced with.
A modern update as it was totally rotted from the salt water. The mounting arm is solid brass. There are holes drilled in the bottom plate.That were used for mounting. All together, the bell, clapper and mounting arm weigh 26 pounds before packing. NAVY Brass FORE-DECK BELL, with Brass Mounting Arm" is in sale since Sunday, October 11, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maritime\Maritime Bells, Whistles & Horns". The seller is "dockside-nautical" and is located in Manchester Township, New Jersey. This item can be shipped to United States.