I need a crank for my bell. It says “Ao Anderson Nashville TN ” on the yoke and no 26 on the upright.I cannot find anything on google about a foundry in nashville with that name ever.It is made of cast iron and weighs abt 200lbs. I have cleaned it with a heavy wire wheel for an angle grinder and painted it with an all surface industrial enamel.(oil base).I can’t wait to mount it in my yard for the grand kids to ring.It sounds great.My 80 yr old neighbor gave it to me for some work that I did for him and he told me that “it came from an old negro church in Marianna.”Thanks for any help. Dave
Some retailers had their own trademark cast into the bells by the foundries. Anderson was probably a hardware store in Nashville.
Try this site, bellsandbirmans.com Mostly Locomotive, he also buy and sells bells…also sells yokes, cradles, spare parts, etc.
I’m guessing you have a CS Bell Co (Hillsboro, Oh) product made of cast steel. It originally used a rope wheel which might have been lost or broken and discarded after the bell was removed from the church. An arm (crank) will work just as well. A machine shop should be able to fabricate one of steel. Take them a photo of the bell or remove the yoke and take that. The arm should be about 18 inches long.
jackbell’s suggestion to put an 18″ arm on the bell for a rope is a good one. One additional piece of information. Don’t mount it horizontal. It should be about half way between horizontal and straight up (in other words, at an upward 45% angle). That way when you pull the rope, you will end on the downward pull with the arm at a downward 45% angle, which is about right. — Neil Goeppinger