Bell pull

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In Company shocked at a Lady getting up to Ring the Bell (1805), James Gillray caricatured suitors eager to save a lady the effort of using a bell pull.

A bell pull is a woven textile, pull cord, handle, knob, or other object that connects with a bell or bell wire, and which rings a bell when pulled. Bell pulls are used to summon workers in homes of people who have butlers, maids or other servants,[1][2] and often have a tassel at the bottom.[3] The bell pull is one element of a complex interior mechanical network which typically in Victorian times involved a range of bell pulls in different rooms; moreover, these bell connections link to a central bank of bells in a room where servants would await commands.[2]

Central bell panel[edit]

Main article: Central bell panel

In the 19th century some hotels used to have a panel with a bell for each room as a Centralized bell system.

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  1. ^ "Englishmen's Dining Rooms". New York Times. 2 September 1894. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Larry Nash White; Emily Blankenship White (February 2004). Marietta. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 34–. ISBN 978-0-7385-3231-8. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "New London Millinery". Poverty Bay Herald. 18 November 1911. Retrieved 28 October 2010.