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    • #11812
      newtobells
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      Hello all – I really have been enjoying reading all your comments/information about Fredericktown Bells. I just returned from my cleaning out my grandmother’s house and brought a beautiful bell home with me. I would like to restore it, and I will be reading more on that in other posts. However, if anyone can give me some information about the #7 bell pictured here, I would appreciate it! The bell has Frederick Town Ohio on the yoke, and the #7 on the base. It is 22″ in diameter.

      Thanks for such an informative site. I wasn’t sure where to start looking for information until I found your site! Thanks![attachment=1:3afhd3mp]jse_dsc00416.jpg[/attachment:3afhd3mp]
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    • #16478
      jackbell
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      Fredericktown size 7 is found a lot. Must have been a good seller for country schools and small churches. For steel bells Fredericktowns have a good ring. The largest bell made was 50 inches dia according to a former employee I once met. The foundry (still in operation) began in 1851. Bell production ceased around 1910. Here’s a photo circa 1900.

    • #16479
      newtobells
      Participant

      Thank so much for the information! That is a really neat picture. You can see the name on the building behind the bells/people. I will definitely keep that pic!

    • #16480
      BrightRed
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      I too just aquired a Fredericktown, Oh. bell. It was made by L D Rankin which was founded in the 1850 s. My cousin was online and said the company is still around under another name. I did not write it down. I am trying to get more info on my bell as well. If you get any details please post them. I am BrightRed, and I just posted my info and became a newbie today.

    • #16481
      Carolyn Whitlock
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      BrightRed,

      Welcome to the “Bell Talk” Forum!

      If you haven’t already done so, please go to the top of any “Bell Talk” Forum page to where it says “Search” and put in “Frederick Town” and click on the word “Search”. This will take you to three pages of links on this forum that talk about Frederick Town, Ohio, bells.

      Good luck!
      Carolyn

    • #16482
      BrightRed
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      Thanks Carolyn,your info. helps out. I too may have my bell restored. I haven”t decided yet to keep it or sell it. I really don”t have a place to display it. But I know it”s a little piece of Ohio history so maybe someday I”ll run into soneone who collects bells and is willing to make fair monitary exchange. Who knows. I appreciate you getting back with me.–BrightRed.

    • #16483
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Dear BrightRed,

      We bell collectors totally understand about not having places to display our bells! 😕

      Carolyn

    • #16484
      BrightRed
      Participant

      Dear Carolyn, Jim Wagner,President of the Fredericktown Area Historical Society replied to me. “The bell you have is really old. This bell was made here in Fredericktown, Ohio in the early 1800’s. There is another foundry named JB Foote foundry which came after LD Rankin. You have a nice piece of Fredericktown history. We have several in our museum. My suggestion would be to mount it and enjoy it. Thanks for you email”. I thought that was pretty cool!—-BrightRed

    • #16485
      newtobells
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      Hi Bright Red,
      Can you post a picture of your bell? I would be interested in seeing it, see if mine looks like yours. I plan on restoring my bell this summer!

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