Hello everyone, I am new here, I just would like to know something about some bells my friend gave me. I will post a picture of it. it has the words: F. HEMONY ME-FECIT-ANNO- 1569 i was wondering what that meant and id love to know more about it. I searched the words in it, I found some information like it was called Old Hag? is that right? its kinda heavy. Im looking into selling it, I have no idea how much it costs. there are not too much appraisers here in where I live so I am not sure where to go to.
This is a Hemony Bell that is often referred to as the “Old Hag”. You can learn a lot about Hemony Bells by doing a search (top left corner of any forum page) and typing in Hemony. There are many reproductions of these bells. No one has yet found an original but some are old (late 1800s) and some are much newer. We are not appraisers, therefore to find like values for this bell, I suggest you go to ebay and search for Hemony Bells.
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Thank You, I found an appraiser in our area and I have an appointment with her tomorrow. 🙂
Would you be so kind as to let us know what your appraiser says the value is, please? This bell is often for sale on ebay . I know there are many different reproductions of this bell. But, please, don’t let this appraiser tell you that the date on the bell is the date the bells was made. It wasn’t. And it wasn’t made by the F. Hemony, either. Francois Hemony was born about 1609 and died in 1667. His brother Pieter was born in 1619 and died in 1680. So F. Hemony was not alive in 1559 or 1669, the two dates most commonly found on these bells.
The words: F. Hemony me fecit anno 1569 means F. Hemony made me in the year 1569.
Members of the American Bell Association have been researching these bells for years.