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    • #10518
      Peter Hyde
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      I have just bought a 16 inch diameter bronze bell. I intend to clean it, obtain a clapper and display it at the front of my house. Before deciding what to do I would welcome some ideas on the options I should consider. I wonder if the bell is too big to have a clapper with a lanyard so that it can be hung in a fixed position? Is my only option a frame with a wheel or lever? I would be particularly pleased to see any photos showing similar size bells on display. I just want to get a few ideas before visiting my local foundry/bell hanging specialist. Photo of the bell below:

    • #12915
      hjlong
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      If you do not have original brackets and yolk, you can have a frame (A-Frame) constructed of strap steel or steel channel with a base mounted to a steel post. I have an 18 inch Liberty Ship Bell mounted this way on an 8 foot x 4 inch steel post with 4 feet embedded into the ground. A braided lanyard is attached to the clapper. The local weld shop mounted the bell and constructed the bracket for a little over $100. I have a similar post with a PRR railroad bell mounted to 1/2 inch boiler plate cut to the dimensions of the mounting base of the bell. This one is on a 6 foot post, 3 feet imbedded in the soil and places the bell at eye level.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #12916
      Peter Hyde
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      Many thanks.

      One option I am considering is hanging the bell on a frame similar to the one shown in the photo below. Does anyone know a supplier of this type of frame?

    • #12917
      Peter Hyde
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      I opted for a simple boxed steel frame powder coated and secured by bolts to paving.

      The installed bell can be seen in my blog telling the story of this recent addition to my collection.

      http://www.gillettcobellblog.blogspot.com

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