I am seeking information on how to get the history and value of a Coffin Bell I own. It has an inscription around the top that reads: CAST BY G.W. COFFIN & CO BUCKEYE BELL FOUNDRY CINCINNATI 1853. The bell is 28 inches from bottom to the top of the yoke and is approximately 28 inches in diameter. I can get into more of my personal history as relates to the bell as the discussion gets started.
$100.00 will get you a appraisal lowerbells.com.We have bought and sold 10 or more G.W Coffin bells in the last 5 years.
Thanks. I was not sure when I started looking if there were “Bell Markets” for bells this size other than a local that just liked it. I moved my bell from my farm to my home and really didn’t know much about it other than the time it has been in my family.
G. W. Coffin (George Washington Coffin) was the forerunner of the later much larger foundry Vanduzen & Tift. Coffin made the most decrative bells made in the U.S., but their sound wasn’t very pleasing. Vanduzen changed the shape of the bells which improved their tone. After that, sales increased dramatically. — Neil Goeppinger
Thanks for your reply. When i was raising cotton in the 70,s i rescued this bell from the weeds. I believe it was on the plantation when my family bought this place in the early 1900’s. It was used to ring the work day, lunch time and quitting time and u are right, the sound is not pleasing. The bell sound can be heard for quite a distance which of course was its purpose. I am amazed at the weight and from an early photo, it appeared to be on a wooden structure of which I sure wouldn’t have wanted to be under it.