My father-in-law has asked me to investigate the bell his father left to him.
Here’s what I know:
The engraving reads, “The E.W. VanDuzen for The Seagrave Co Columbus, OH”.
He believes it to be from a fire truck
It is all brass
Dimensions are as follows:
Top nut 2″
Bell is 9″
Brass clanger is 3 1/2 – 4″ (there’s a rope hanging from the clanger)
The skirt is approx. 11 3/4″
Weight is approximately 35 lbs (bell only, no mounting bracket)
Bell is intact with clanger and top nut
I do have pictures, but cannot figure out how to attach them by using the “Img” button; any help with that would be greatly appreciated OR, I can simply send them directly to anyone interested in seeing them.
You have a fire engine bell. Google “antique seagrave fire apparatus”. There are several websites concerning this company (est 1881) which is still operating. Van Duzen went out of business in 1951 so your bell dates prior to that but Seagrave might be able to date it more closely. Watch eBay auctions of fire engine bells (final selling prices) for realistic appraisal information.