I have a CS Bell 5 Hillsboro O. It is steel and measures 23 1/2 inches across the base. This bell was on a tower( approx 20 ft ) at our farm in Ashville, Ohio ( Dillon Rd & State Highway 188 ) when I was growing up. My father purchased the farm in 1946. The previous owners ( Mayes ) said it had been used to call the field hands in for dinner. I don’t know when the bell was purchased. I have it mounted on the top part of the tower from our farm. It is in excellent shape.
There are no other markings on the bell other than the C S Bell 5 Hillsboro O. I would be curious to know any history regarding the #5 bells, and a value.
I would refer you to the Bell Manufacturers section of this forum. There are numerous inquiries about CS Bell Co. with a nice history of the company by John Eachus. These bells are quite common and were made by the 1000s and nearly every farm had one on a post as a dinner bell to call the farmers when their meal was ready.
They are not very valuable, but the sentimental history that your bell carries more worth to you than any monetary value.
Harry Long, MD