I just finished restoring a C.S. Bell #2 farm bell. I’ve left a link to a pictorial of the project. Just click on the following link and it should bring you to my photo album.
If you’re interested in the restoration process, read on. Otherwise, just enjoy the photos.
I began by first removing the rust, algae, and corrosion from the bell ,yoke, and upright. I used a wire brush mounted on my drill and some elbow grease for hard to reach places. Next, I cleaned it really well and applied a coat of rust reformer. Then I applied 2 more coats of black semi gloss enamel. Once it was finished, I began building the base. C.S. Farm Bells are designed to be mounted on a post, but I wanted to showcase this bell and have it rest on a tree stump in front of our house. So, I built a base with oak wood, bolts, and some sealer. After some adjustments, I secured the base to the stump with four 12″ screws. When the bell came to me it was missing the crank and clapper. The good folks at Prindle Station sent me both replacement parts and they fit perfectly.
The bell dates back to the late 1800’s and was cast at the C.S. Bell foundry in Hillsboro, OH.
This was a fun project and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
Thanks for looking.
1st class restoration!
THANKS SO MUCH FOR THIS POSTING!
I JUST REGISTERED ON THIS FORUM AS I JUST PURCHASED THE SAME BELL AS THIS RESTORATION –
IN FACT YOU PICTURES LOOK JUST LIKE MINE AND I PLAN TO RESTORE IT TOO.
I TOO NEED A COUPLE OF PIECES: CLAPPER, HANDLE AND THE UPRIGHT – – –
COULD YOU PLEASE TELL ME IS YOUR BELL 20″ ACROSS THE WIDEST BOTTOM OF THE BELL?
IF SO COULD YOU PLEASE GIVE ME THE MEASUREMENTS OF THE UPRIGHT SO I KNOW WHAT TO ORDER? THANKS!