If anyone can help with information on this bell I would appreciate it. I posted this earlier, but did not put it in the “large bell” section.
This bell has been hanging at my husband’s grandmother’s (she was originally from Cross Creek Pa.) property in Harper Texas since 1941. It had rusted badly, had been welded on the upright, and is missing the clapper. When I cleaned it up, I saw the foundry name of Hauck & Comstock Mechanicsburg, Pa. and 1210 B number on the bell, 1210 number on the upright, and number 1213 on the crank. With internet research I discovered that in 1860 the company operated by brothers Samuel and George Hauck, as S. & G. Hauck. In 1880, George Hauck left the business and George Stedman Comstock joined; the name changed to Hauck & Comstock. Sometime between 1890 and 1893, Hauck left the firm and the business operated as Geo. S. Comstock. Comstock continued to operate until at least 1913. The 1889 edition of the Farm Implement News Buyers Guide lists Hauck & Comstock as a maker of farm equipment including Farm Bells.
My question is, should I remove the overflow solder (copper) from the weld, and how should I go about replacing the clapper? I don’t want to sell the bell, but fix it up to its most authentic form for use on the property that is still owned by the family.