Good day every one. I am really new to this. I have always wanted a sizable bell and the adventures led to this guy. I am looking for more information It is approximately24 inches tall and 36 inches in diameter. The casting is very think and will have to weigh it. I am guessing 600-750. I purchased from a fellow that bought a foreclose in Mt. Bethal PA. He said when he was grading his yard only the top was stinkg out of the ground. There is no clapper or stand. On the very top there appears to be four spots where something had broken off. On the front of the bell it says
American be(?)ll co
New york city
Pat march 8
The American Bell Company of New York City was in operation in the 1860s, and was one of only a few American makers of iron or steel bells that put any lettering on the bell itself. Your bell is heavily rusted, but you’ve interpreted the inscription correctly.
Would I be destructing any of its value by wire wheeling it down and painting it? also any idea what this bell would be worth? I really did not want one so big, but couldn’t resist..
If the crack is at the soundbow or lip, it may not sound good. It rare but success have been done on welding. Its expensive unless you have a good friend who might tackle it. The crack can be ground all the way through and then welded. If the bell is heated up and welded it might mend. If its just bell only, its not worth as much. Its a beautiful made bell.