Doorbell from the Commodore Hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota, a favorite haunt of F. Scott Fitzgerald. The bell operates by means of a key connected to a clockwork mechanism. As the key is turned, the clapper is struck against the bell. Two holes in the base permitted the bell to be mounted to a hotel room door. The bell was recovered from the hotel building before its remodeling in 1978.
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