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Enclosed are pics of an U Boat bell that once belong to U117. I did research on the information provided by seller and it checks out. Interesting a German sub surrendering to a British sub on the high seas. I have always believed the ships bell is the soul of any ship particularly a war boat. The bell has a nice pure clear sound when rung.
An historic brass Bell engraved, “U117, Surrendered to H.M. S/M L15, 21.11.18”
A U-Boat of the Kaiserliche Marine, U117 was commissioned on the 28th March 1918 as a UE2 class minelaying U-Boat and carried out only one patrol to the East Coast of America. Despite her brief carrier she was responsible for the sinking of 20 ships, both as the result of her minelaying activities and torpedo attacks.
Under the terms of the armistice, Germany was required to surrender its Submarines to Britain. On 21.11.1918, the first batch of twenty U-Boats, including U117, sailed to the British coast and were met thirty miles east of the Essex coast by a flotilla of British warships including the Submarine L15. They were escorted towards the port of Harwich where they were boarded by British sailors who took control before they entered the port.
I have to assume this Bell was removed at that stage as it has remained in a UK collection for many years. U117 was then sailed to the USA where she took part in Atlantic Coast exhibitions before being used as a static target for USN biplane bombers and sunk on the 21st June 1921 near Cape Charles.
The Bell itself is in very good condition and stands 135mm tall with a base aperture of 175mm. Its purpose on the boat is not determined but it may well have served some secondary role such as an alarm or engine room Bell. There is no striker and I imagine this was mounted on an electrical ringer.
The brass hanging loop is not original to the Bell and has been added. This however simply unbolts without having damaged the Bell.
 

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I think that is a super collectible and historical item...looks really good in a display too! Thank you for sharing. (wish I had one :))
 

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iI Dow, A wonderful historic find - well done! I'd love to have it to display next to my '06 'U.A.' marked Navy. Also would like see your fine collection of artillery shells in the background. I still lust for your rare 6cm Landing Gun' shell '!
 

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OK a few more pics of shells plus a few more Imperial German items, 60mm landing shell with original paint, Naval 37mm which are hard to find, unit marked 06 Navy and a 1917 Navy, 1850 unit marked Naval cutlass, all matching I & III Seebataillon S98 bayonets, all matching III Seebatailon Naval sword and scabbard, I Seebatailon shoulder board and I think a Imperial German Navy radio sleeve badge.
 

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Beautiful.....Love the history..
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Hi Dow, Thanks for the additional photos. It appears we have a number of items in common - never enough! However my sentimental favorite is a portrait of a naval prisoner in a Japanese camp wearing his tunic with III.S.B. shoulder straps like my avatar. The men were well treated out of respect for their fighting ability. Such is history.
 

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Oops forgot to add these other Naval marked weapons, JP Sauer,84/98 saw back. G98. And a few more shells and pics of U117.
Left to right USA 37mm rimless, USA 37mm tank,anti tank, German 37mm PAK, German 37mm anti aircraft, USN 40mm, British 47mm, German 50mm anti tank, German 50mm HE base fuze, USA 57mm. BTW The Sauer and the 84/98 saw back are the only ones I have encountered or heard of with Naval markings.
 

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For Mike more pics of Naval cutlass interesting the unit marks are for an Wurtenburg artillery unit, which meant the sword continued to see service at a later time. Also interesting is the key symbol on the blade. The 1ST SS used this symbol but a course not in 1834. This cutlass can be nasty I have sliced through 3 good size pumpkins with one swing.
 

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Hi Dow,
Your Navy stock is exceptionally interesting. It seems to have both Navy and Erfurt inspection marks! What is the serial number?
Best regards, Norm
 

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Hi Dow,
Your Navy stock is exceptionally interesting. It seems to have both Navy and Erfurt inspection marks! What is the serial number?
Best regards, Norm
Norm: I think you're looking at a GeW 98.

Dow: Is it a DWM? From the markings it looks like it might be one from the 1906 DWM Navy contract. Can you please show the markings on the receiver?
 

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Mike is correct 1906 DWM.
That is so cool! I also have a unit marked (Werft Danzig) Gew98 from the DWM 1906 contract. I think it's great to have both a rifle and a pistol from the two major small arms contacts laid down in the Tirpitz principles!

I'll have to do more research, but as far as I know at the moment the 1906 DWM contract was the only Navy contract for the Gew98 and they are the only ones with Navy proof marks and acceptance stamps. I have other unit marked Navy Gew98s, but they are all from standard military production.
 
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