#12869
Neil Goeppinger
Participant

Hello Randy, The 20 on your bell should correspond with the approximate diameter of the opening of the mouth of your bell in inches. At 20″, that would be the smallest of the school bells (normally 20″ through 28″).

Rumsey & Co was located at 19 Dey Factory, Seneca Falls (later part of N.Y. City), and moved to 93 Liberty, N.Y. City sometime between 1882 and 1887. They also made pumps. The years I know they were in business were from 1870 to 1887. I do not know when they started or ended.

In 1870 they advertised 13″ diam to 42″ diam (980 lbs, 1,276 lbs with yoke and frame) Steel Amalgam Bells. Church bell sizes 30″, 34″, 38″ and 42″, Fire Alarm bell sizes 25″, 27″, 30″, 34″, 38″ and 42″, School & Factory bell sizes 25″, 27″. In 1870 the name was “Rumsey & Co”.
— Neil Goeppinger