I am trying to obtain the of value a Henry McShane & Co. Bell that was cast in Baltimore, Md. in 1886. • Height of the bell: 18-1/2 INCHES; Diameter of the bottom of the skirt: 24-1/2 INCHES; Writing or engraving on the bell: Make- HENRY MCSHANE & CO.; Location- BALTIMORE, MD; Year-1886; Stamp on Top-305; Stamp on Yoke- 400; Material from which the bell was made- BRONZE; History about the bell- Unable to establish the origin of the bell before it was installed in front of the 1952 Chapel Building at Southampton Correctional Center. Southampton Correctional Center was closed October 2008; however, as of this date have not found anyone that can give the date that the Bell was purchased/or obtained.
It’s bronze, not brass. There are varying opinions regarding the value of these bells, from $100 an inch (diameter at mouth) up. In reality a bell, like any item, is worth the highest amount someone ends up paying. List it on eBay with photos and a complete description. Start the bidding at one dollar and set a reserve price much higher than it will probably bring, say twenty thousand. Run the auction ten days and you will know what your bell is worth. If you want to sell it after the auction ends you can contact the high bidders with a “second chance offer”. Just my thoughts, others might disagree!