May 13, 2010 at 2:51 am #11453
I have just started researching this interesting piece of bell history!
It marks the 60th anniversary of the Bremen Castings Foundry, interestingly enough during the millennium date change (1999 is the true start of the Millennium not 2000 if you are a purist!), although they did not mark it that way.
Front says:60 years of service
Back says: Bremen Castings 1939-1999
Mounting bracket says BCI on both sides.
Holds a magnet, 4″ high (with bracket) 2 3/4″ diameter.
nothing surprising in the clapper.
Just a nice anniversary piece, likely given out to employees of the day.
Looking for information / history of Bremen if possible. Any ideas where to look? Doing standard searches now (google etc.) I am just starting the research on this item.
May 15, 2010 at 1:55 am #15817
Bremen Castings, Inc is located in Bremen, IN USA and is a large cast iron foundry company. This bell looks like a commemorative bell made of cast iron by this company as a remembrance for some function. Perhaps it was given as a gift at a trade fair. You can Google the company and may be able to get a more detailed description from someone at the company.
Harry Long, MD
May 16, 2010 at 1:20 am #15818
Thanks for the tip Harry!
I have written to Ashely @ Bremen Castings to see if she can supply any further details on the bell.
I’ll let you know what I find out.
Since the company was founded in 1939, and the bell is marked 1939-1999 I suspect that it’s a company 60 year anniversary gift.
Hopefully we will find out soon!
May 16, 2010 at 6:22 pm #15814
Seems like a good guess.
May 19, 2010 at 1:36 am #15816
Got a hold of a pair of very friendly people at B.C.I.; Ashely my contact who got a hold of Denise who was there!
Here’s the reply, they returned, I thought I would share it with you:
Looking back – The bells were made for our 60th Anniversary where in addition to the bells, several other events where planned. We gave out hats and tee shirts to our employees. We also held a luncheon for our employees, retirees on our anniversary date of March 17th.
An open house was held on Friday, May 21st from 10 a.m. To 1 p.m. or all BCI family and residents of the Town of Bremen. Earlier the same morning, BCI hosted a Ductile Iron Society meeting and tour. B100 Radio Station was also on-site where they broadcasted live from BCI during the open house.
The bell was designed and produced in-house. We made ~850 bells. This included bells for our employees and those who attended the open house and Ductile Iron Society meeting/tour.
My thanks to these folks!
It is very much appreciated!
May 19, 2010 at 1:51 am #15815
Isn’t the internet amazing? This provenance has increased the value of your bell.
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