Our family has inherited the family farm bell. The farm was in Berne, Indiana. The top reads “FREDRICK” on one side of the top and “TOWN, OHIO” on the other half. The bottom diameter is about 20 inches. It is quite heavy. I would guess it to be cast iron. We had a stand with a roof constructed outside to display the bell in our front yard.
Should the bell be cleaned? If so, how? Does it need to be “sealed” with anything to protect it from weathering?
Thanks to everyone in advanced,
St. Clairsville, Ohio
Well the bell is definitely Iron, and you can ‘clean’ it if you want. It will definitely retard the deterioration due to rust. I would suggest having it sand blasted (sanding or wire-wheeling would work, but is quite labor intensive) It can be painted with any rust resistant paint. If you want to put the money into it, powder coating has worked well for us as it seems to hold up to the vibration well, since the powder coat is baked on.