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    • #10877
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      George in Michigan writes to say:

      hi there i found a bell in the ground and i was wondering about it,on the top rim it says, i believe, “jeff gross made ME 720..any info? if so i would love to here from you thank you have a nice day

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    • #13816
      Garry
      Participant

      Hey George!

      Any chance you can give some additional information, perhaps a couple of photos?
      For example: What’s it made of? (brass, iron, ceramic?)
      What are it’s dimensions? (Height, width, etc.)
      How is it mounted? (bolt, tang, etc.)
      Any other markings?
      What sort of striker system is used with it? (internal clapper? External? mallet?)

      I find there are some very good sources of Information on this website, but they usually need a bit more to go on.

      I’ll look around for Jeff Gross, for some reason that name sounds familiar, but I’m a new bell collector so I don’t have everything down pat yet!

      Garry

    • #13817
      Sue Moore
      Participant

      It seems to me that I read about a Jeff Cross bell years ago in The Bell Tower. If I remember correctly, they reminded me of the soleri windchimes.

      Sue Moore

    • #13818
      roxxy2010
      Member

      This is the Information on Jeff Cross and his Bells That I have found for everyone with a Jeff Cross Bell……..Since 1969, Harmony Hollow has enjoyed a reputation for creating superior bronze bells. You could say “Bells Are Us.” Our “Vibration Headquarters” reputation stems from two things: superior hand-made bells, and excellent customer service.

      Having mastered the art of bell-making, we diversified. Harmony Hollow’s garden and landscape designs offer a unique selection, representing the best of what’s available in today’s marketplace. We have brass and aluminum windchimes, steel triple-tone bells, unique bronze triple-tone bells, single bronze bells, garden stakes, landscape lighting, garment hangers, ornaments, bell mobiles, chime mobiles, and silent mobiles, for people who like the visual aesthetics of mobiles, but not the sound.

      Harmony Hollow is a family-owned business, founded in Arizona in 1969 by Jeff Cross, who passed away in 1977. Jeff’s founding spirit lives on in Harmony Hollow’s new home in Ann Arbor, Michigan, also the home of the University of Michigan.

      Just as Harmony Hollow bells and chimes have a distinctive sound, They also have a unique look – virtually all of our bronze bells have seashells cast into their sides. The seashell is a symbol of a vision that Jeff Cross had one day while walking along the beach. Jeff picked up a seashell and held it to his ear, and of course heard the roar of the surf, which Jeff came to think of as the sound of Nature’s pulse. When a bronze windbell is hung outside, where the wind gently rocks it, it creates a sound that helps you get back in touch with Mother Nature’s pulse.

      Jeff’s father, Ray Cross, holder of a Master’s Degree in metallurgy, had managed the operation of a large magnesium foundry during World War Two, and his experience proved invaluable in helping Jeff to realize his dream of becoming a bell-maker and creating designs for high-quality bells. In time, Jeff achieved success manufacturing world-class bronze bells.

    • #13819
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Dear Roxxy…

      Thank you for this interesting information. Is there any chance that you could post a picture of one of Jeff’s bells? I’m sure I’m not the only one who would like to see it. If you need help in posting a picture, please look at our FAQ section.

      Carolyn

    • #13820
      halanb
      Participant

      Jeff Cross bells recently listed on eBay
      The first bell bears the full name “JEFF CROSS”.
      The next four have a raised seashell somewhere on the bell.

      Jeff Cross bell at my home.
      This is a different style – three pieces of Cor-Ten steel, 8″high, each with a slightly different tone,
      welded together at the tips. The clapper is a hard rubber disk, 1/2″ thick. It bears the initials “JC”.
      These are also found in larger sizes.

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    • #13821
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Thanks, Alan!

      Carolyn

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