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    • #12208
      bell history
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      Have this old bell with an unusual attachment on top. I would like to get a stand made or some way of displaying the bell without the big rusty attachment on top. See pic. Would it be worth taking the piece off since one end is broken and trying to replace it wth something more befitting of an appropriate bell holder/stand? Would this deteract from the potential value of the bell? Do the attachments matter? Thank you.

    • #17342
      RonaKesselman
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      Is it possible for you to supply a couple different views of your bell and the top “attachment” — it is hard to see the total picture of what you are wanting to know.

    • #17343
      bell history
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      Certainly. Do these help?

    • #17344
      RonaKesselman
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      Thanks for posting a couple more photos.

      Now, how about a couple photos of the entire bell!

      While you are doing that, take a look at the photos and read the thread at:

      viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4466&p=9204&hilit=G.W.+Coffin+Co#p9204

      Hope several of our Big Bell collectors will be able to give you some advice.

    • #17345
      RonaKesselman
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      Hi,
      While I know nothing about large bells, I though you might be interested in seeing the hardware attached to a “mission bell” found at:

      http://brosamersbells.com/mission/pages/C324.html

    • #17346
      bell history
      Participant

      Okay, per request here are some more pics of my bell. Thank you for any input/ideas.

    • #17347
      bell history
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      Another two pics.

    • #17348
      bell history
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      Hello? Any input? Bumping back to the top. Thanks.

    • #17349
      Willie B. Herd
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      It would probably be better to keep the original attachment. I suggest that U repair it by fabricating a piece and weld it to the existing bracket, then sand-blast, (clean) and paint the bracket. (Remove bracket from bell if possible) 😀

    • #17350

      I disagree with the comment that the mounting is not original. This is a relatively small bell, quite possibly made in the 1830s or 1840s, when American bellfounders were not yet regularly supplying complete mounting supports. This hardware might or might not have been supplied by the Coffin bellfoundry, but it certainly is blacksmith work of the same era. The bent-over rope arm affixed to the center bolt is a feature that I’ve seen on several smallish bells from other foundries, so clearly it was a well-known, simple feature of bell hanging in those days. Ditto the straight headstock.

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