Bell, Hand Held, Fire Or School Bell?

Hand held bell whose use is unknown to me. It is 8-1/2'' long to the tip of the handle, the bekks are 4'' uin diameter. The turning on the handle is exceptional and bears a patent date of 1868. Several pictures show the clapper mechanism, the spring may be broken but I am not familiar with this item. The bells themselves are nickel plated brass and have a distinctive form and pleasing tone.

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