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    • #10912
      decka
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      I have a cast iron bell that is 50 x 50 cm’s in size. In the casting it has what it seems to be the English Crest with the word PATENT 3668 embossed on the bell. Just above the bottom rim of the bell the was additional writing but due to corrosion I am unable to make out the letering. Can someone please help me with possible maker and date as when its was made….Thanx…Dave……..Melbourne……….Australia

    • #13954
      hjlong
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      If this bell is cast steel, it was probably cast by the Taylor Bell Foundry of Loughborough, England. To my knowledge, they were the only founders of cast steel bells in the British Commonwealth. They have been in continuous production since 1784, and currently go by the title “Taylors, Eayre & Smith”. The C. S. Church Bell Foundry in the US produced cast steel bells, but they were mass produced and are of a constant design, not as elaborate as your bell. Taylor produces both Bronze bells and cast steel bells and may have cast your bell. Taylor has a historical section and my be able to tell you whether they cast your bell by e-mailing them with a picture. I would also be interested in Neil Goeppinger’s opinion, as he is one of ABA’s leading experts on large cast bells.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13955
      lucky13
      Member

      Naylor Vickers of Sheffield England cast steel bells with the tang mounting such as yours from 1855 into the 1880’s and shipped them worldwide as ballast in ships. Their US distributorship was in Boston. The yokes, A frames, and rope wheels were artistic in design and the bells made a handsome appearance. The firm began operation in Britain’s rust belt in the 1830’s and produced many items, including armaments, into the early 20th century. I’ve never seen a NV bell that wasn’t marked “Naylor Vickers Sheffield”. The bells also bear a serial number, year of casting, and “Riepe’s patent”. This was a steel patent granted to Herr Riepe, a German employee. Steel bells were affordable, loud, durable in all climates, but could not compare in sound to bronze bells.

    • #13956
      decka
      Participant

      Thankyou both very much for your help and information, I will look further into this by sending a picture of the bell to Taylors as you suggested. Thanx again

    • #13957
      hjlong
      Member

      In reviewing the internet, the pattern of your bell clearly is that of a Naylor Vickers bell. There is an index of known Naylor Vickers bells and their original site of residence and there are quite a few located in Australia & New Zealand. The index includes date of manufacture and can place the bell by its serial number, if that can be identified. Good luck, & please update us on what you find.
      Harry Long, MD

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