Helderberg, Somerset West, Morgenster
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Photographs and information on Morgenster estate and its bell. At the estate Morgenster we found a rather old bell that definitely has been a former ship’s bell. It is roughly made with two moulding wires at the top and then as text HELGOLAND ANNO 1784 followed by two more moulding wires, two at the sound bow and one at the lip. Helgoland is a set of two islands in the north of Germany which seems to indicate that the bell is of German making. Strangely enough the text cannot be read when one stands in front of the tower which seems to indicate that the bell has been reversed at the installation. On the right hand side of the bell one notices marks of an external hammer. We do not know how this fits with our conviction that the bell has been used on a ship. The estate itself is owned by Guilio Bertrand. The main house has a beautiful gable dated 1786 which is unfortunately not approachable by visitors. Another building gable dates 1776.
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