Reply To: Columbian Liberty Bell
I asked Alan if there was a souvenir Columbian Liberty Bell sold at the 1893 Exposition as well as the Bicentennial Commemorative one in 1976. Here’s what he said:
Yes, there were two different versions – 1893 and 1976. Mine is the original from 1893 and has 100 years of natural bronze patina. I think it is the only one with the engraving on the bell, and the base plate is marked as I stated.
I don’t think the 1976 repro has engraving on the bell, and the base plate is marked as the Bicentennial replica version. I don’t have one, but there were two sold in the auction this Summer.