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    Hello all. I finally hung the David Caughlan bell that my father-in-law had picked up many years ago from somewhere. He’s since passed on, and we don’t know any of its history, or where he got it. I assume its been in the Sacramento area for a long time though. Maybe an old school or church. It measures about 14 inches high with a 16 inch mouth. I assume it’s bronze, and weighs about 110 lbs without the yoke. The yoke is unfortunately broken, but I used it anyway to keep it all together. The only markings are “CAST BY DAVID CAUGHLAN” and “SAINT LOUIS MO.” It’s now hanging from our patio. Probably not the most glorious location, but beats laying on the ground where it has been for a long time. At least people can see and enjoy it, and wonder where its been in the past.

    I’ve Googled David Caughlan and found similar castings. And I notice that his great granddaughter Mary frequents this forum.

    Anyway, just thought I’d let you all know. If anyone has any insights or thoughts on this particular piece, we’d love to hear it.

    Thanks, Ken

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    Perhaps “not the most glorious location”, but protected above and open all around where the bell’s own glory can be appreciated. Very Nice!
    Thanks for sharing.

    (Always recommend “through” bolts where possible, not lag bolts as their “shear” value may be good, but “pull out” strength is less}

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      Yes, agree with that. Bottom bolt is a 4″ lag bolt, but the top is a 1/2 x 8″ bolt through the steel post cap and 6 x 12 beam. I gave it the 210 lb test by hanging on the mount a few times. 🙂 I thought of welding up a mounting bracket, but decided simpler is better with a bent 1/2 x 3″ flat bar.

      Thanks, Ken

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