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  • #25160

    Dave0616
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    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

  • #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

  • #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?

  • #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…

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