I've got a stinking cold at the moment ....so this glass bulbous rod isn't working.
I'm not going to swat flies with it either in my state (not that we have a fly problem right now
). I will try the plastic bag filled with water next Summer (if we have one)
Bernard , what a shame if the bell was tried for the first time and it all ended in a pile of shards/tiny cullet !
I'm reading Hajdamach (British Glass , 1800-1914, pub. Antique Collectors Club) from cover-to-cover right now and have just got halfway through . It is the best book I have ever read on glass and I just find it impossible to put it down... I have learnt so much !
If there are smaller clappers that look like this one, than it can only be a clapper for a large glass bell. It would be great to find a picture of one somewhere.....it might be worth having a replica made , using this as a clapper, if a pic. could be found