Re: Re: Help with bell ID
Paint on a brass or bronze bell is not natural and not needed for protection. The patina that develops is protective, so that paint is not needed on the brass. It is needed on the cast steel or iron of the bracket and yoke to keep it from rusting. If the bell is to be kept indoors for display, it is ok to polish the brass and cover the bell with a protective clear lacquer. If it is to be kept out doors, it will be almost impossible to keep the bell from developing a protective patina, and I would simply clean the bell periodically.
Harry Long, MD