Malta Mess Bell 1947-50
We bought this lovely mess bell from a gentleman in Devon who had owned it for years and the family history handed down with it was it served at RAF Luqa with 73 Squadron. We have checked on line and the dates 1947-50 seem to line up with when 73 Squadron were then based on the Island flying Spitfires and Vampires and were subsequently posted to Leconfield in 1950. The base measures 6.75 long (17 cm) and seems to be made of Bakelite. The bell stands 5.5” high(14cm.).Bell itself is 3.5” across the mouth (8.5CM).It has a very nice tone and is operated by turning the knurled ends. It has no makers or other marks and seeing its construction it appears to have been made up on the Island. Certainly a one off!