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    • #12080
      syoung
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      My wife recently purchased an old farm bell at a yard sale. It’s a C.S Bell Co. size 2. I contacted Prindle Station Bells in WA after learning that they now produce these bells in hopes of replacing the missing upright. He had exactly what is was needng, but when I told him that the bowl was bronze he stated that the C.S.Bell Co. never made a bronze bowl bell so it couldn’t be one from their foundry if it actually was bronze. I sent him various pictures of the bell for him to view to see what he thought I had. He now agrees that it is bronze and was made from a C. S. Bell Co. mold. He said it was a known fact that years ago someone “associated” with the C.S. Bell Co. did take a #2 mold from the foundry and took it to a bronze foundry and had one bell made for them personally. He had very little info concerning it, but for some reason is very certain that this did indeed happen. I don’t know what was meant by someone “associated”, maybe an employee or a family member, who knows. I questioned him as the possibillity of the person that had the bell made may have actually had several bronze ones poured to sell. He was insistant that only one was made, but he didn’t know the date, why it was done and where it ended up and if it still existed. He is confident that I now have that bell and suggested I ask on this site for any additional information that anyone may have concerning the history of this particular bell. He did note that he could say for sure that the yolk was poured sometime between 1886 and 1894 if that helps anyone at all.
      Thanks ahead of time on for any info or thoughts concerning this bell.
      Stanley

    • #17035
      jackbell
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      I’ve seen several farm bells at eBay over the years described as bronze. It’s easy to test with a magnet. If it adheres the bell is not bronze. Can you upload a photo for us?

    • #17036
      syoung
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      Jackbell, Thanks, I’ve already done that as well as polished off a small area under where the yolk sits to show the bright brass color. It also has the green look to the inside and outside of the bowl. It’s no longer a question about the material being bronze and the great folks at Prindle Station confirmed it also. It be glad to try to post some pictures the first of the week.

    • #17037
      syoung
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      Jackbell,
      Here is my first attempt at sending a picture.

      syoung

    • #17034
      Willie B. Herd
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      A bright brass color shows that it’s BRASS, not Bronze.

    • #17038
      RockinEZ
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      This appears to be a very nice bell. I have a suspicion that you have something special.
      Do you have any close up photos of the foundry markings (if any)?

    • #17039
      syoung
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      RockinEZ, I was I could, but I haven’t located any identication markings on the bowl. Please let me know if you have any other thoughts or suggestions concerning this.
      Thanks,
      syoung

    • #17040
      RockinEZ
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      I have to say my interest in in US Navy bells and I know little about other bells.
      This site has many users that may be able to assist. When I saw brass, I suspected something better than your average bell.

      I am into bell restoration and believe bells were made to be polished and should be. If this bell were professionally polished you would definitely have something special.

    • #17041
      syoung
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      That’s sure something to think about. Do you know where I could inquire about having it professionally polished in or near North Carolina?
      Thanks,
      syoung

    • #17042
      hjlong3
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      The design of this bell is typical of a C.S. Bell, but to my knowledge they never made a bronze or brass bell. It would not be difficult to use a steel C.S. Bell as a pattern to make sand molds and cast it in bronze. The shape is peculiar to steel bells so that they have a crisp bell sound. Most Bronze bells are deeper and are thicker at the sound bow that give them their rich tone. What does this bell sound like? This is certainly an unusual and unique bell.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #17043
      syoung
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      Harry,
      I appreciate your comments on this. I’ll have to admit I know nothing about bells, especially when it comes to sound quality. I like the sound of it, but that’s about all I know to say since I have nothing else to compare it with.
      Thanks,
      Stanley

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