Tagged: George H. Holbrook bell
March 12, 2019 at 4:39 pm #29153
I am involved in a project to create a display for our bell that was mounted on the original fire station in the town of Winthrop Maine. The bell will be displayed inside our new fire station that opened last June. The bell is 21 inches in diameter and I believe it is bronze, It has the initials GHH, MASS, and the date 1840 on the bell. I was hoping someone in these forums could give me some guidance on how to determine where the bell was made? I will include some pictures.
March 13, 2019 at 4:34 am #29154
According to the excellent book,
- Large Bells of America
, History of Church Bells, Fire Bells, School Bells, Dinner Bells and Their Foundries, by Neil Goeppinger, copyright 2016, George Handel Holbrook, established a bell foundry in East Medway (later Millis), Massachusetts, that was in operation from 1798-1880. Holbrook was an apprentice of Paul Revere. Neil’s book also says that the Holbrook firm also made undated bells inscribed G.H.H., which stood for George H. Holbrook.
I am not a big bell expert so this is my best guess, especially since this bell is marked GHH, MASS and is dated in the right time period. Neil Goeppinger is a member of the ‘Bell Talk’ Forum. It’s possible that he will respond to your inquiry when he has the time.
March 13, 2019 at 4:39 pm #29155
March 14, 2019 at 1:24 am #29163
Hi, again, David,
I see that the list of Holbrook Bells found at http://chepachetbaptist.org/national-list-holbrook-bells.htm
has the name of one of the members of the New England Chapter of the American Bell Association listed as a source of Holbrook bell information. I will contact him and ask him if he can help with your question.
March 15, 2019 at 8:34 am #29166
March 15, 2019 at 9:50 am #29168
Wonderful, David! Neil’s book is a good investment. I haven’t heard back from the fellow to whom I asked for help but, of course, this time of year he may be visiting a warmer climate!
Please keep in mind that there is a New England Chapter of the American Bell Association that meets twice a year in various New England states. Our next meeting will be on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Windham Textile Mill Museum in Willimantic, Connecticut. We meet on the last Saturday in April and the last Saturday in September every year. Reservations are required. Membership in NECABA is only $5.00 per year. We also send out a 6-8 page newsletter every other month. Our members tend to collect all kinds of bells but some of them focus on big bells.
The information available to ABA members is massive and reprints of articles from our bi-monthly “The Bell Tower” magazine are available free to ABA members! If you go to you will find a comprehensive (72-page) list of bell-related articles that have appeared in our magazine since our founding in 1940!
If you want more information about the New England Chapter, you can send an inquiry to the NECABA Membership Chairman at P.O. Box 2, Sebasco Estates, ME 04565.
July 25, 2019 at 6:26 am #29422
I thought I would send an update of our project. We are ready to move the bell into our fire museum. We bought the stands from Todd Lower (lowerbells.com). Not sure why the pictures are not in the right orientation.
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