We have a bell that my husband got from his aunt’s estate in rural Iowa.
It is stamped 1885 #1 C S Bell & Co. All the parts are there although it is a bit rusted. We have someone who is interested in buying it, but I have no idea what it is worth. Can you help?
Sheila, I just went to Prindlestation.com and checked their prices for a similar bell. They bought the moulds from the C. S. Bell Co for making bells. I have not seen an original of one of their bells, but from the photos at their web site, they appear to be a nicely finished bell.
Their 15 3/4″ diameter bell is listed at $240 new. The prices are on the order form.
It’s nice to know someone is making new bells here in the U.S.
I would say your bell would bring somewhere in the vicinity of the same price. In farm (also called “dinner”) bells, age doesn’t seem to affect the price much. — Neil