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    • #11523
      Millican
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      Recently, the bell tower of our old church (Millican United Methodist Church, Millican, Texas) has been removed for repairs. Upon examining the bell within, I found that it is a cast iron bell with the following writing on its yoke: Rumsey & Co, Seneca Falls, NY. Its diameter is 23″; its height is 16″, and it has a 5 on it. Can you give me any information about the history and age of this bell? It is rusty but with no serious pits or cracks in the bell. Would you also suggest what we might do for the bell before returning it to the top of the church? ALyons

    • #15933
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Welcome to the “Bell Talk” Forum! We have had other requests about Rumsey bells. If you go to the box at the top of the page that says “Search” in it, type in “Rumsey bell”, and click on the word “search,” you’ll find links to all of the postings on the “Bell Talk” forum that talk about Rumsey bells. It could make for some interesting reading and, possibly, you may be able to find answers to most of your questions.

      Admin (Carolyn)

    • #15934
      Millican
      Participant

      Thanks for your reply. I was trying to dig a little deeper concerning the #5 on the bell and its manufacturer. I appreciate your site.

    • #15935
      Neil Goeppinger
      Participant

      Unfortunatly, there was no industry standard as to the meaning of numbered iron bells. Most foundries made a 12″, 14″, 16″ and 18″ diameter dinner bell and sold them as their size # 1, #2, #3, and #4, but in some firms the #1 was the smallest and at other firms the #1 was the largest. Thus, I can’t tell you what the number 5 bell was in the line up for the Rumsey firm. Most firms dispensed with the numbering system in bells larger than dinner bells and just used the diameter of the mouth of the bell in inches. — Neil

    • #15936
      Millican
      Participant

      Neil,
      Thanks so much for this bit of information. I am doing research for our church and appreciate any information others might share.
      Ann

    • #15937
      Towerguy
      Member

      If you plan on spending some money on the project I would suggest getting the bell cleaned up and painting it with rust resistant paint. They make paint that is close to the solution used to galvanize metal. This particular paint is quite expensive since it contains a large amount of Zinc.

    • #15938
      Millican
      Participant

      Thank you for the suggestion. I will pass it on to the appropriate people.

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