I am the director of the Avalon History Center, Avalon NJ. In our collection we have an iron school bell used in the early 20th century. The bell was manufactured at the American Bell Foundry, Northville MI. I was hoping someone be able to answer a question or two with regards to the object. Time, and a poor conservation attempt, have left the bell pitted and very rough. I was wondering if there might be any way to to restore some of the surface, smooth it out perhaps. Would using hot or cold waxing techniques, or perhaps electrolysis benefit the bell? Do you believe this would have a beneficial effect on the bell?
Thanks in advance for your thoughts on this.