Jeff in South Dakota asks:
I was wondering if you could tell me anything about the bell my boss just bought. He was driving through Nebraska and saw a for sale sign along the road, attached to the bell. He pulled in a bought it. It’s cast iron and it says American Bell No.22 Foundry Co. On the other side it says Northville High U.S.A. Reading through your site it looks like you would also like the dimensions of the bell to give more accurate info. I can measure it, just let me know if you need it. I guess I’m just wondering if you could tell me how old it is, where it was made and what the words on it mean. Thanks, Jeff
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Jeff: The bell is cast steel and 22 is the size (dia in inches across mouth). American operated in Northville, Mich (not high) from the 1890’s into the 1920’s. In my opinion, their steel bells were of better quality than other makers. Check out the posts in this forum beginning 7-10-07 concerning American.
On 12 Mar 09, Neil replied to Jeff:
First, the bell was made in Northville Michigan. Second, the #22 means it is approximately 22 inches in diameter, so it was made to be a school bell.
The firm is out of business now. It also made cast iron and wood school desks. I have the years the firm was in business at my home, but not with me. As I recall, the factory burned at one point. It was not among the largest producers of bells, but it did make a sizable number. I have seen many of them. — Neil Goeppinger
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