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    • #11584
      gus correro
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      We inherited a very nice bell and have no idea of the value of this bell. We would appreciate any info on this bell. We are going to try to include pictures.

    • #16025

      It’s G W Coffin, not C W Coffin. If you look closely at the quasi-octagonal sans-serif font which George Washington Coffin used, you’ll find that the first initial has a stem at the bottom like a G; it’s not open like a C.

      Nice bell!

    • #16026
      hjlong3
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      This is a beautiful bell, but you do not give any specs. What is the diameter at the skirt? How tall is the bell from skirt to crown? This would give an idea of the weight and will impact the value.
      HJLong, MD

    • #16027
      gus correro
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      hieght 19″ by 23.25″ top 12″

    • #16028
      hjlong3
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      This is a small Coffin bell. The bracket and yoke appear to be bronze like the bell. Usually these are cast steel. The vAlue of the bell is whatever it is worth to the purchaser. It could be simply the value of the bronze for scrap weight or a unique bell that someone desires for a collection and is willing to pay more for it. I would estimate its value at between $2000 and $4000 depending on the buyer and whether the yoke and bracket are bronze or steel.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #16029
      Neil Goeppinger
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      I haven’t seen bell stands like these on a G. W. Coffin bell so I assume they are not original. They look like they attach to the yoke at the part where the yoke is square, not round, and if that is the case, the bell could not swing. Does it swing? Also, the arm for the rope which is clamped to the upper part of the yoke is definately not original to this bell. I’ve got three bells by this firm and I’ve seen many more so I have something to judge by. Still, they made very beautiful bells, although they did not have a wonderful tone. When Vanduzen took over the foundry he changed the shape of the bells and improved the tone, but dropped the ornamentation. — Neil

    • #16030
      gus correro
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      That is the original stand to our knowledge. The pull was added I think. The tone is wonderful and we do ring the bell on special occasion. It has been in our family about 50 years.

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