We just purchased a bell that has written across the top – The C S Bell Co, Hillsboro Ohio #4. It is about 19.5 inches across at the bottom. There are two A-frame pieces at each end to hold the bell. It has No 24 C on them. I don’t think this is a farm bell but one from a belfry. Any info you can give us on this bell would be appreciated.
Number 4 was the largest farm bell marketed by CS and was supported by A stands instead of a post-mounted cradle. A small belfry was sometimes built atop the summer kitchen or another outbuilding to house the #4 bell. A pair of stands made for a 24 inch bell have been substituted on yours in place of the smaller originals. Number 4 was sometimes used atop school houses or even small churches probably due to the budget not allowing a larger bell. There is much concerning CS Bell Co on the internet and you can enter “hillsboro” in the search here (above right) to read many posts.