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30.03.14 CARRIS BELLS
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These bells existed in the ´Santo Amaro´, ´Arco Cego´ and ´Amoreiras´ Depots. Made in bronze, they were used to announce the beginning and end of work
shifts of the staff who worked in ´car-barns´, amongst other purposes. They were the Depot bells. After a long life on active duty some even made through to the
present day and are integrated into the Museum collection. We highlight those which were used in the ´Santo Amaro´ and the ´Amoreiras´ Depots. This one was
purchased in 1939 for the price of 190 Escudos, weighs 28 kilos, is 23 cms in maximum diameter and 28cms from the crown to the base. The ´Santo Amaro´
bell whose acquisition date is unknown weighs 41.5 kilos and is 34 cms in diameter and 40cms in height. It was cast in 1909 by ´José de Oliveira´. Both
have decorative borders in low relief and bear crosses, which lead us to conclude that they originally were intended for churches or other religious institutions. 
For the curious, here is the timetable placed at the 'Santo Amaro´ depot at the entrance of ´car-barn´. It ran to announce the beginning and end of shifts for the
workshop staff:
Morning shift: 
07:55 a.m. - warning ring
08:00 a.m. - start of service ring
12:00 a.m. - end of service ring
Afternoon shift: 
12:55 p.m. - warning ring
13:00 p.m. - start of service ring
17:00 p.m. - end of service ring

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