I was told it came off a boat but it could have general purpose application. Makes a unique attention getter & with a little ingenuity it could be updated to electric or pneumatic use. The item "Vintage Ship Boat Brass Bell Mechanical Bell 16 Dia. 24 lbs" is in sale since Tuesday, April 24, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Maritime\Maritime Bells, Whistles & Horns".The seller is "aluminum-man" and is located in Cave City, Kentucky. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, South africa, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica.