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Sounds like a cast iron or steel bell from one of the several American bell foundries in the east and midwest. If you have not tested the bell itself with a magnet do so. It might be bronze (more valuable). The magnet will not adhere to bronze. If it measures 32 inches then the number on the yoke (not cradle) is 32. One of the clapper balls is probably part of the tolling hammer, an accessory on a larger bell used during a funeral. I would not risk swinging a bell this large on an old repaired yoke. When bells are sent to restorers such as Verdin in Cincinnati all the old mounting hardware is scrapped and replaced with steel components for safety but this is very costly. I would remove the yoke and mount the bell on a 4X4 wood beam. It will be stationary and can be rung by attaching a rope to the clapper or if the tolling hammer is still functional it can be rung in that manner. Am anxious to see a photo.