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, and often have a tassel at the bottom. 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.
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.
A bell pull is also used in some forms of public transport, mostly buses to signal to the bus driver to stop the bus.
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