I have a bell that has the following cast text. “Buckeye Foundry” then “Frederick Town Ohio”. I find that Fredericktown, Ohio is NE of Columbus, near Mt. Vernon. There are a couple old foundries, but none currently named Buckeye or it seems in the past. However, there is a company called Buckeye Steel Castings and another called J B Foote Foundry, which according to the website cast bells for along time.
There is a Cincinnati foundry that was named Buckeye Bell Foundry in the past. So, I have a Fredericktown near Columbus and a foundry that fits the name in Cincinati. Does anyone know where this bell was cast? Thanks Dan
The Buckeye Bell Foundry was established by George Washington Coffin in Cincinnati between 1865-1894 and was a successor to the G. W. Coffin Bell Foundry 1837-1857 and GW Coffin/Buckeye Bell Foundry 1857-1865. It wad acquired by Van Duzen and Tift in 1894 and by Verdin Bell Foundry in 1950. To my knowledge it did not operate a branch in Frederick Town, OH. Large Bells were frequently cast on site, and it is possible that Buckeye utilized the facilities of the Frederick Town Bell Foundry to cast a bell.
Harry Long, MD