Re: Re: G.W. Coffin bell 1850 Wheeling WV
Your bell is a typical Coffin bell. The cherub pattern was used on the larger bells. The bracket is unique to Coffin bells and can be unstable. If you plan to remove the bell, be careful of the bracket & wheel, as they can be easily broken. This bell needs cleaning to remove years of bird droppings and the steel hardware needs a portective coat of paint. The size is important in determining its value. You have a beauty that is treasured by collctors of large bronze bells.
Harry Long, MD