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    • #25160
      Dave0616
      Member

      My wife and I purchased a farm in Texas to retire to. She wanted a bell in the worse way. They are very hard to come by where we live now. I was at a flea market recently and found a 15″ Cast Iron Bell with Yoke. Its unmarked, so its probably an old reproduction. What I need is a halo hanger so I can mount it on a post. The bell is 15″ and the bearings on the Yoke are 13″ apart +/-. I cannot find anyone who sells parts for these. A reproduction hanger would be fine as long as it fit and I could use it to hang and operate the bell. Any leads are greatly appreciated.

    • #25206
      kcoonen
      Participant

      Feebay has several “upright”s listed, but top dollar plus shipping…
      Make sure that distance between bearing points match as several renditions of dinner bells were made with different dimensions in the “upright” opening between those bearing points. As the bowl is wider than the yoke’s bearing points, the older “goalpost” uprights with straight up arms won’t fit.
      Lowerbells nor Brosamer Bells deal in dinner bell parts anymore, I believe, and Prindle Station, a replacement parts supplier, is closed indefinitely due to a death.
      good luck
      kc

      • #29579
        nightflier51
        Participant

        I can make you one with safety U straps on the upright piece you need…My email is scarecrowromney2016@gmail.com I cast in durable cast aluminum alloy..if you can, send pic of your bell…

    • #25209
      Dave0616
      Member

      Thanks KC. I think it was a matter of what to call the thing. I’ve been searching on cast iron bell halo, cast iron bell hanger, and have gotten nothing. Upright has shown a few and there is one that I think is my size. I think I need a #1 which is 13″ across the bearing, and about 17″ or 18″ wide where the bell swings.

      David

    • #25211
      kcoonen
      Participant

      Checked our CS BELL No.1 to confirm a 13 inch span between bearing points.
      The American Bell Foundry No.1 upright measures 12 1/4″ (an orphan looking for a bell).
      Sounds like you’re on track, good luck, enjoy, David!

      kc
      p.s. Photos of the finished project are always fun to see.

    • #25229
      hsullivan
      Participant

      I own a U S Navy bell used on the quarterdeck while in port and on the bridge while underway. I need a source for a wall plate. until I find one, I can’t hang it. Any suggestions as to a source?

    • #25230
      kcoonen
      Participant

      When I searched eBay for Naval Bell Bracket first one up… $300 but will it fit YOUR bell?
      Search Brass Bells on the ‘net for a specialty store that may sell replacements.
      good luck

    • #25267
      nightflier51
      Participant

      I design and cast yokes and cradles out of cast aluminum. If someone wants theirs all painted, my parts are are durable and as a matter of fact, cast aluminum is stronger than cast iron. I buy bells without parts and make my own in the back yard, which is a great enjoyment for me. I use the sand cast method.

      • #26035
        bencar
        Participant

        Hi,
        I need a cradle (uprights) for a C.S. Bell #3, and #4. Do you have these?
        Thank you,
        Ben

        • #29564
          nightflier51
          Participant

          No 4 has 2 stands in which i designed. I now have a no 3 template to make a wooden pattern. Bells were no 1 to no 4 and the smallest no 62 as for dinner bells. No 4 bells were used as chapel bells a lot…Some no 3 bells are not same width to hang yoke and bell in I would have to have width of yoke where the grudgeons ( ends stick out on both sides of yoke. There were so many styles made back then that looked similar and had same size numbers….I cast in cast aluminum alloy here…

          • #29578
            nightflier51
            Participant

            Hi I can make you a No 3 solid upright. It would have U shaped straps over the top of the ends to keep the bell from coming out of the upright. I designed 2 stands that will fir a no 4..My email is scarecrowromney2016@gmail.com if you have not found replacements.

    • #25269
      hardyr2
      Participant

      I have an American Casting Company (Birmingham,Alabama) #3 Farm Bell and need an upright, a clapper and the crank. I would desire original parts if available. Any available ???

    • #25598
      TELLAREP
      Participant

      I have an old bell. All it says is USA 8 on it and it is 8 inches in diameter. I’m needing to know where to find a clapper for it?

      • #29565
        nightflier51
        Participant

        You may have to have a machine shop to fashion you a clapper…

    • #25729
      Neil Goeppinger
      Participant

      In the 1960s and early 1970s Dennis Liebus of Oskaloosa, Iowa made dinner bells and parts and I bought some of the parts because they solved the continuing problem of missing cradles for dinner bells. Mr. Liebus came up with a unique solution. He made two part cradles which could be mounted on each side of an upright 4×4 and, using spacers, the U shaped parts could be placed any distance apart to match the journals of the bell yoke. He made these in several sizes. I bought a few of each, and still have some. They seemed expensive, but they do solve the problem. Because of the price, I did not buy a large quantity. If someone needs a set, let me know and I will try to find my records of what I paid for each size. It was many years ago. They are cast iron. — Neil Goeppinger

      • #27320
        Sunflower
        Participant

        Do you still have any yokes/bottom cradle parts? I need the bottom yoke/cradle for a #3 bell. Could you provide a picture so I could see how these parts work?

    • #25782
      peterh48
      Participant

      Nightflier, do you still make bell yokes? I am looking for a yoke for a No. 2 farm bell.

      • #27360
        nightflier51
        Participant

        My parts are cast aluminum and most want iron. Cast iron breaks easy where cast aluminum is more durable. If you paint the bell there is no problem but if you leave it natural it would not work.

    • #25784
      nightflier51
      Participant

      I do not have a pattern for a no 2 but you can get a yoke from Prindle Station. If your bell is a C S Bell they can help. They bought all the CS Bell Co molds.

    • #25785
      nightflier51
      Participant

      Give me a measurement. I found a No 2 iron yoke on one of my bells. I need to know the length from end to end and size on the ends.

      • #25855
        ndepaul99
        Participant

        hey nightflier51,

        i have been searching for a long time for an upright for my c.s bell #2, i saw this post and am really hoping you still have the upright you mentioned in your post. please let me know. thank you so much

        • #27361
          nightflier51
          Participant

          I cast in cast aluminum. But if you need one of iron I do not cast those. When I get a cradle to use as a pattern, I will let people know. I have one for no 62 smaller farm bell. I make my own top with still strips and fold them over and the bell is always locked in for safety. Children sometimes get over zealous and swing them too hard and they can hop out of the upright and fall Mine are made safe. My foundry is closed for the winter because I cast outside. Mid spring I start again and make orders.

    • #29037
      tess76
      Participant

      I just became the proud owner of the fourteen 4″ 1986/1987 Annual Christmas Bells. One of the bells is missing a clapper. I wonder if anyone knows if I can acquire a clapper, and if so, from whom?

    • #29268
      bobao2713
      Participant

      I have a #3 Farm Bell that i need a replacement yoke for. Can someone give me any ideas of where i can purchase a replacement.

      Thank you!

    • #29288
      nightflier51
      Participant

      I plan to buy a No 3 and I can duplicate a yoke from it…

    • #29518
      falcon59
      Participant

      Hello Nightfier51, I’m hoping you canhelp me. I need a no.4 yoke and a crank for my bell. Pretty sure its an unmarked C.S. bell. Base of bell is 19.5 inches. Have the cradle and yoke but yoke is broken off where crank was once attached and never had the crank. Can you cast me a no. 4 yoke and or crank? I am ruinning out of options. This bell has been in the family a couple of generations and I would like to get it fixed. Thanks,Richard

    • #29524
      nightflier51
      Participant

      I do not have a pattern for a no 4 yoke.If I did i sure would make you one…I do have a pattern that would fit the bell but it looks nothing like the original no 4 yoke cs made…I designed it myself to fit larger bells like no 3 or no 4..I cast in cast aluminum and if you paint everything flat black all will surely match…

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