We have a bell which was used as a church bell for many years. It is bronze and was cast by Henry N. Hooper. It bears the date 1860 plus the folowing numbers on top. 176 (possibly) B and then 7.
Can anyone give us information on its origin and the significance of the numbers.
The bell is not in use currently and may be offered for sale, therefore an estimate of its value would be helpful.
Hooper operated what was originally the Revere foundry. Google the “hooper/blake boston” website. Lots of info. You didn’t mention size (dia across mouth of bell) or condition (damage to metal parts, repairs, etc). Some bells have wood rope wheels and headstocks which have deteriorated from the elements. This damage is to be expected and doesn’t decrease the bell’s value. Wood parts can be professionally replaced with steel components. Costly, but a good investment on a nice bronze bell. The numbers are foundry markings which I’m not knowledgeable on. Posting a photo would help. Members always enjoy seeing what other members own. A hundred dollars an inch (dia at mouth) is a good place to start pricing a bronze bell. I purchased a nice 24-inch one last week for $1900.