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Object ID # 1974.010.004ab
Object Name Bell, Service
Title Cast Brass Desk Bell
Lexicon category 6: T&E For Communication
Date 1880s?
Made T--S Wilsons Patent
Place of Origin Unknown
Description A small brass desk or service bell. It has a six-petalled cast base that can keep it upright on a desk or table or counter. There is a lever mechanism to ring the gong. On the underside of the base is "TR&S? Wilsons Patent" and "9133."
Provenance The original collector is no longer known, but Isaac Wardell Stainsby (b. 1882) of Toronto owned it for quite a time, and reportedly told his daughter Bessie Hodgins of Owen Sound, who later told museum staff, that it came from a tent where Louis Riel had stayed. It is unknown how and when Mr. Stainsby came to have it.

Louis Riel was later tried and hung in 1885 for his role in the Metis uprising (Northwest Rebellion).

Until Bessie Hodgins inherited it, the bell likely was kept in Toronto.
Collection Military, 19th-c Collection
Material Brass
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Stainsby, Isaac
Riel, Louis
Subjects Northwest Rebellion