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    • #10964
      Arsilhouette
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      I recently aquired a cast iron bell that has a single mount with NASHVILLE 2 stamped on it. I have searched the web but have not found any reference to a bell foundery in NASHVILLE. The bell was in that basement of an old house in Pocahontas AR (Northeast corner near Memphis). I have photos.

      Thomas Iverson
      Fort Smith AR[attachment=1:2zd7n4ow]BELL AND MOUNT.jpg[/attachment:2zd7n4ow][attachment=0:2zd7n4ow]BELL MOUNT SM.jpg[/attachment:2zd7n4ow]

    • #14083
      Arsilhouette
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      More information. The bell is 14″ in diameter.

    • #14084
      Neil Goeppinger
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      Based on the shape of the bell, it is not a very old bell. There was a firm in Arkansas which made dinner bells up until a few years ago, and many of their bells were sold at antique stores. They did not have any inscription on them as I remember, so this may not have been one of theirs, but it looks alot like them. I was told there was another firm in the south making dinner bells during that same time frame (1980’s) but since I don’t collect dinner bells, I didn’t trace it down. — Neil

    • #14085
      vanhudson
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      Our church has a #30 bell manufactured by the American Bell and Foundry in Northville, Michigan. Is there any way to determine when it was manufactured since there is no date on it. We believe that it was purchased sometime between 1918 and 1924. No records to verify date or cost of purchase. Some elderly members (in their 80″s recall hearing the bell when they were small children. Anybody to give us history on this company? VHudson

    • #14087
      nightflier51
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      There is a no. 26 on ebay auction right now for 1200.00 dollars by that firms name.

    • #14086
      hjlong3
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      Don’t rush out to spend $1200 on a cast steel bell of this design. At most , it is worth $100-200 as a #1-4 dinner bell. The #26 is a larger school bell and could go for as much as $800, but $1200 would be a bit high and would require all of the hardware to go for that price.
      Harry Long, MD

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