Re: Re: Bell History
Hooper operated what was originally the Revere foundry. Google the “hooper/blake boston” website. Lots of info. You didn’t mention size (dia across mouth of bell) or condition (damage to metal parts, repairs, etc). Some bells have wood rope wheels and headstocks which have deteriorated from the elements. This damage is to be expected and doesn’t decrease the bell’s value. Wood parts can be professionally replaced with steel components. Costly, but a good investment on a nice bronze bell. The numbers are foundry markings which I’m not knowledgeable on. Posting a photo would help. Members always enjoy seeing what other members own. A hundred dollars an inch (dia at mouth) is a good place to start pricing a bronze bell. I purchased a nice 24-inch one last week for $1900.