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    • #12020

      I am in possession of a Goulds Manufacturing School Bell 15 1/2 with mounting bracket. I am trying to find out how much it might be worth. I know that Goulds manufactured bells for a short period. This bell was used on a school house in Yamhill Oregon. Also looking for information on how many may have been made and during what periods they were manufactured.

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      Neil Goeppinger

      There are quite a few Goulds dinner bells around, so they must have made them for a while. I am away from my records so I can’t check to see if I have record of when they were in the bell business. Their main business later become pumps. I think Goulds well pumps are still being made. — Neil

    • #16924
      Carolyn Whitlock

      If you put the word “Gould” in the search box at the top, right-hand corner of the page and click on “search”, you will see links to information about the Gould Mfg. Co. that other people have posted on this website.

      Neil sent this information in response to a question about Gould’s Manufacturing Co.:

      The Gould’s Mfg Co was located at 60 Barclay, New York City, N. Y., and also for some time in Seneca Falls, N.Y. The years I know they were in business were 1887 and 1888. I’m sure they were in business longer than that given the number of bells they made. Gould’s also became a major maker of pumps. All their bells were made of iron, and iron school bells ran between 20″ and 28″ in diameter (school bells were cast thinner to give a higher ring so people didn’t mistake the sound of the school bell for the church or fire bell). I have never found a 30 iron school bell with the thinner wall. Now that said, I’m sure a number of smaller church bells found their way to a school during their life, just as many steam locomotive bells were donated to churches by railroads when their locomotives were scrapped, so those brass bells found a use for which they weren’t originally intended. — Neil

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      The Goulds Manufacturing company change its name in 1926 to Gould Pumps. The company operated out of Senecas fall starting 1869. I could not track down the dates that they manufactured bells, but several sites note that they made bells between 1887 and 1890.

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