Re: Re: G. W. Coffin Bell
Mike: What little we know so far about Buckeye Bell Foundry (either GW Coffin or Vanduzen & Tift) has been covered in “Bell Talk” forums. The first hundred years of the foundry’s records were destroyed in a 1937 flood. Your bell was cast between 1837 and 1865. Most Coffin bells I’ve seen bear the year of casting but some of the smaller ones don’t. It might have been used on a steamboat, plantation, school, or even a church that could not afford a larger bell. A good machine shop should be able to fashion a pair of stands for hanging.