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hjlong
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It is probable that this “brass-dipped” steel Cowbell was manufactured by Orson Starr’s company in Royal Oak, Michigan. He is believed to be one of the offspring of the East Hampton, CT Starr Brothers, Vine, although I have not been able to confirm it. The LDS Family Search web page lists his birthdate as 1803 in New York and death 21 April 1873 in Royal Oak, MI. His fater is listed as Vine Starr (b. 1780, CT) & Lettice. The Royal Oak, MI website notes tha Orson Starr marked his cowbells with a trademark Star. I would refer you to an excellent web site on sleigh bells that reviews the chronology of these companies. contains some valuable information. There is also an informative web page about East Hampton bell manufacturers on the East Hampton web page and further information on the Cheatham, MA web page.
Harry Long, MD