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    • #10558

      I have a bronze 43″ bell, 32″ tall presently hanging on a 15′ tower. It was manufactured by the Stuckstede Company, St. Louis in 1893. The local Catholic Church wants me to donate it to them. I need a value on it and then need to decide what to do. Sell or donate?

    • #13021

      Sell or donate is a question depending on your personal desires, finances, and income tax details, and you may need to ask your tax accountant, we really can’t help there.

      With regard to valuation, this site does not do that, but people would need to see pictures anyway, to see the style of bell, decoration, condition, etc. all of which determine value. Very highly decorated, finely crafted bells with ample markings add value, as do bells with “big name” makers. But I’m no bell expert.

      Do post pix anyway, please.

    • #13022
      Carolyn Whitlock

      Dear Judy,

      Welcome to ABA’s “Bell Talk” Forum. Thanks for joining us!

      Cannonmn has given you good advice. If you need some assistance in posting a picture, please check out our “How to Post a Picture” section at https://www.americanbell.org/belltalk/viewtopic.php?t=290.

      The ABA is an organization of bell collectors and bell enthusiasts. We do not do appraisals nor do we refer people to appraisers. Sorry.

    • #13023
      Peter Hyde


      Your response highlights an interesting principle. Are you using the term ‘we’ to mean the ABA? Surely a contributor to this forum does not commit the ABA to agreeing with the views expressed in a post. So if I say I think a bell is worth X,000 dollars am I not free to say it? And if I wish to suggest an appraiser in response to a request for advice cannot I do that? I think this needs clarifying. If someone writes to the ABA that’s one thing, but asking for advice from forum contributors is not the same thing.
      Forgive me if this is dealt with in an earlier post. I have not looked.


    • #13024
      Carolyn Whitlock

      Dear Peter,

      You are absolutely right. As you may know, I have been the ABA’s Internet Coordinator and “Bell Talk” Forum administrator for only about 5 weeks now and I still have a lot to learn. Thanks to our former administrator, I have been made aware that the Forum is different from the website.

      I do get many requests via the “contact us” part of the website asking for identification and appraisals. In that case, I am to respond that the ABA does not appraise bells. However, if an individual asks the same questions on the Forum, whoever wants to respond may do so.

      Thank you for pointing out this inconsistency on my part. It is not my intention to confuse people or give out misinformation!

      Please keep giving your wonderful input!

    • #13025

      I finally have pictures of my bell! Please see below. I have decided to sell it and will be removing it from its tower in the next few days to the ground, at that time I can get better pictures.

      Thank you all so much for your help in figuring out what to do with my bell.


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