Re: Re: What is value of my bell?
Gary: You have a steel alloy farm bell from the late 19th or early 20th century. Most rural homes had one and some rural schools and churches used post bells. That home-made counterbalance is not original equipment. My guess is that at one time a chain was used instead of a rope for ringing and it’s weight necessitated the counterbalance. Use a wire brush on the bell then brush on a couple coats of Rustoleum in whatever color or colors you like. That size with no missing parts or damage is worth around $200 in my opinion. Some might disagree. Huge numbers of farm bells were cast by several foundries and they are still fairly plentiful.