Hello! I am editing a local register nomination for an historic school bell in Bothell, Washington and have received the following information on the bell:
The bell is made of cast iron and weights 275 pounds. It is 24 inches high and 26 inches in diameter. The crank wheel is 27 inches in diameter and the stanchions are 19 inches in height. Cast in the center of the yoke is B.H. & Co, CIN 5, (part is illegible). On the opposite side is the number 26, which indicates the diameter. The clapper is flattened on two sides. In the late 1980s an unknown preservative was put on the bell. It hung in a c.1890 schoolhouse and is said to have been purchased in 1893 but could have been later.
I’m told that it was made by Blymyer, Norton & Company and I am hoping someone can give me some more information on that company and its relationship to bell making. I thought it might also make farm equipment, etc. but I don’t know much about bells or foundries.
Also, there was supposedly some type of preservative put on the bell in the 1980s. Anyone have any idea what that might have been?