Re: Re: Help I.D. bell bought for our schoolhouse renovation?
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Thank you big time, Harry! Knowing the foundry’s dates means this bell was likely made about the same time our schoolhouse was built (1868 for the first classroom and 1878 for the second classroom, which is the portion that held the bell). Although I know this bell is not original to our building, its patina of weathered red paint matches the first color applied to the wood trim of our limestone building, so I’m inclined to believe it could have been attached to a building of the same vintage. In any case, we’ll not tamper with its finish but plan to house it in a roof-mounted tower replicated on the basis of old photographs. Thank you again, my dear.