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    • #12185
      nhansford
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      I have a large, No. 32, cast iron bell and on one side of the yoke is written ” The C S Bell Co.” and on the other side of the yoke “Hillsboro O”. On the inside of the bell is the numbers “6 20 28”. I thought that this might be the date the bell was made but am not sure. On other bells that I have seen the date is only given by the year, such as “1904” or “1885”. Can anyone help me on this question? Was it common for C S Bell to give the month, day and year numerically like have I noted above? Thank you much for any help. Nat

    • #17284
      jackbell
      Participant

      You are correct about the date. CS Bell dated their larger (24″ and up) bells on the interior but only during certain periods of the foundry’s operation for some reason. All I’ve seen over the past 50 years have been dated between 1898 and 1910 and between 1918 and 1921 so yours indicates dating was done even later.

    • #17285
      nhansford
      Participant

      Thank you very much for your information. So the date 6 20 28 indicates that the bell was made on June 20 1928? Is this the date the bell was molded? or what process occurred on this date in the making of the bell? Since I know very little about how a bell is made I am not sure what would have happened on this date. I guess I am surprised that an exact date would be shown on the bell since I assumed that it would take a period of time to manufacture a bell. Thank you for any more information you give. Nat

    • #17286
      hjlong
      Member

      That should be the date that the bell was poured. The yoke and brackets would have been cast at another time, but probably within the same year. CS Bell bells were sand cast from a standard mold pattern for the exterior shape and the interior shape and made out of a steel alloy. They tended to be cast in quantity and assembled prior to shipping. Bronze bells generally are cast individually take weeks to create a mold out of clay and the mold is destroyed when the bell is removed from it.
      HJLong, MD

    • #17287
      jackbell
      Participant

      Here’s an excellent article:

      http://www.highland-ohio.com/c_s_bell_company.htm

      Steel bells could not compare to bronze ones in sound but were more durable and much cheaper.

    • #17288
      Neil Goeppinger
      Participant

      The article referred to by Jackbell was a great article about the C. S. Bell Co. I learned a number of new things about the firm. The only thing that I know is not correct had nothing to do with the C. S. Bell Co. The lead in sentence says “Bishop Paulinus of Compagnia invented bells in 400 A.D..” I have seen a crotal made 3,000 years BC, and bells are referred to in the old testament of the Bible. Also, in the book Archeological Bells, there are pictures of Roman bells made prior to that. What happened in 400 A.D., according to things I have read, was the first use of a bell to call Christians to worship. — Neil

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