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  • #29153

    dcosta
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    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.

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  • #29154

    Carolyn Whitlock
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    Hi, decosta,

    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.

    Good luck!
    Carolyn

    • #29155

      dcosta
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      Thank you Carolyn. I suspected it may be a Holbrook bell because of the initials and date, but all the Holbrook bells I could find pictures of had the entire Holbrook name cast in the bell.

      David Costa

  • #29163

    Carolyn Whitlock
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    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.

    Stay tuned!

    Carolyn

  • #29166

    dcosta
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    Thank you Carolyn. I found the book by Neil Goeppinger on Amazon so I order it. The table of contents shows a whole section on how to care for the bell so I figured it would be useful for that purpose as well as ready about the history of the bells.

    David Costa

  • #29168

    Carolyn Whitlock
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    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.

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  • #29422

    dcosta
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    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.

    David Costa

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