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    • #11369
      bell history
      Participant

      Hello-
      New to this site. Found an old bell at my folks place and want to find out more about it. The bell is about 12 inches tall and 14 inches wide at the bottom. The words ‘GW COFFIN Co. and BUCKEYE FOUNDRY CIN.’ appear on the band at the top. There is no year and no other words or designs. I’ve found some info about GW COFFIN and their history. I know several ownership changes were made. I guess I need to ask when the actual name on the bell would have changed to ascertain an approximate date for the bell I found. Also, based on the size, any ideas where it might have come from? Boat, School, Church, etc? It appears to be Bronze with green tarnish on some of it. No cracks or breaks and rings fine. Any info would be appreciated. Thank you all for your time.

    • #15597
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Dear bell history,

      Welcome to the “Bell Talk” Forum!

      If you go to the box at the top of the page that says “Search” in it, type in “G.W. Coffin Co”, and click on the word “search,” you’ll find links to all of the postings on the “Bell Talk” forum that talk about Coffin bells. You should also do the same using “Buckeye”. It could make for some interesting reading and, possibly, you may be able to find answers to most of your questions.

      Good luck!

      Admin (Carolyn)

    • #15595
      bell history
      Participant

      Okay, I found some more info about G.W. Coffin under ‘Big Bells’ posts. One question though, what size parameters sets apart BIG bells from SMALL bells? Thanks.

    • #15596
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      For the purposes of this forum, we define big bells as “…those over about 8″ in diameter.”

      Admin (Carolyn)

    • #15599
      bell history
      Participant

      A blast from the past. Dusting this post off to gain some advice. First I would like to know what kind of arm thingee might represent? A school bell, plantation bell? Photo 1. Thank you very much.

    • #15600
      bell history
      Participant

      Second picture query. On the side photo where there is a gap between Cin and G.W. it looks like something is missing. Or is it just the way the names were made on the bell? Thank you again.

    • #15598
      Willie B. Herd
      Participant

      I doubt that this is the original hardware used to ring this bell, it looks homemade…usually a bell hangs from a yoke, or is set in a stand using 2 “A-Frame” brackets and a yoke attached to both @ top.

      Looks like an empty space to me!

    • #15601
      bell history
      Participant

      @Willie B. Herd wrote:

      I doubt that this is the original hardware used to ring this bell, it looks homemade…usually a bell hangs from a yoke, or is set in a stand using 2 “A-Frame” brackets and a yoke attached to both @ top.

      Looks like an empty space to me!

      Would it be worth taking the piece off since one end is broken and trying to replace it wth something more befitting of an appropriate bell holder/stand? Thank you.

    • #15602
      RonaKesselman
      Participant

      Additional photos of this bell and the hardware in question can be found at:

      viewtopic.php?f=11&t=5032

    • #15603
      Neil Goeppinger
      Participant

      The long curved arm attached to the top of your bell is correct for this size of G. W. Coffin bell. It should end with a ring at the end to tie a rope to. That’s how mine is set up. The long curved round rod tapers with the largest end attached to the bolt at the top of the bell and the smallest end just at the ring for the rope. My bell, however, has a cast iron yoke below the curved rod and above the bell. Your bell appears to have a flat bar in place of the cast yoke. I have never seen that on a G. W. Coffin bell, so I assume the yoke was broken and replaced with the flat iron bar. Many bell parts have repairs. — Neil Goeppinger

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