Re: Re: Can anyone tell me the value and origin of this bell
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Farm bells the size of yours usually have a set of A frame supports instead of a single cradle. The counterweight pull is also not commonly seen. They were sometimes used for other purposes (church, school, alarm, etc). From the late 19th well into the 20th century nearly every rural home had one to call field workers for meals. According to my grandfather, his plow horses would head for the house when they heard the bell. They knew it was feeding time for them too! Yours is the largest size, in excellent condition, worth around $300. Some might think I’m low but these bells are still fairly plentiful. Many thousands were made, most from the 1870’s into the 1920’s, by several US foundries. The reproductions on the market today do not match the old ones for sound.