I work at Cazenovia College in New York state. We recently had our bell refurbished and displayed in a bell tower on our campus. Originally the bell was housed in a cupola; it wasn’t visible. I can’t find any information on the bell. It’s markings are: E Force N York 1824. Our College was founded in 1824. The building that housed the bell was originally the Madison county seat before moving over to nearby Morrisville, NY. What does E Force N York mean? Where was this bell cast? Thanks for any help you can provide me.
In another posting that asked about this company, Neil wrote:
One of this firms bells turns up every once in a while. Their advertising in business directories lists them as a brass founder at various east side addresses in N.Y. from 1807 to 1848, but until your bell turned up, the dates I knew they were making bells were from 1834 to 1848. Now I know they were making bells as early as 1825, thank you for this information. They may have been making bells even earlier as they were in business, but we don’t have evidence. Their advertising between 1807 and 1848 was for ornamental brasses and plumbing equipment and didn’t list bells. The old Georgia Statehouse bell at Milledgeville has a bell made by E. Force.
Stephanie has sent some pictures of the Cazenovia College bell.
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