Re: Re: Ever seen a Meneely & Oothout bell?
A ship bell is stationary. Riverboat bells swung but were usually larger. It could have been used agriculturally, in a country school or church, in a factory, or even on an early steam locomotive. Some bells were used for more than one function eventually. I have a ship bell that was retrieved from the Gulf of Mexico and used for many years in a Lafayette, Louisiana auction room prior to the Civil War. Your bronze bell is outstanding. There are probably very few left from that brief partnership.