Roger Plaquet has sent this great list of bell foundries in New York City!
While looking through some of Sid Gelman’s Collection of H. C. Bell Papers, I came across the following:
FOUNDRIES IN NEW YORK CITY HAVING CAST BELLS:
American Bell Company, 30 Liberty St., 1864
Gallagher, James, 37 Center St.
Gifford, John A. & Sons
Goulds Mfg. Company, 60 Barklay St.
Gregory James, Cannon & Stanton St.
Pugh & Russell
McKenna Wm. & Sons
Rumsey & Co. 93 Liberty St., 1882
U.S. Supply Co. 51 John St.
Van Sands, H.H. 733 Broadway
Weeks, A.A. 11 Gold St.
Paulson, Thomas & Son , Brooklyn, N.Y.
This information was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.
At least two of these names may not actually be foundries, but offices representing foundries located elsewhere. McShane of Baltimore, Meneely/Troy and Meneely/Watervliet (not included in this list) are all known to have had offices in New York City. Goulds Mfg. Co. began in Seneca Falls NY, and a family member later set up a similar firm in St.Louis. “Rumsey & Co.” is quite probably an office of L.M.Rumsey & Co., a huge firm headquartered in St.Louis, for which bells were a very minor sideline. Naylor Vickers of England had offices in New York, Boston, and perhaps elsewhere in the USA. This appears to have been a common practice in the 19th c.