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    • #11060
      mick
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      I cant really find a manu. mark on this bell but all the pieces say #27. Inside the bell I believe it says 1805. I bought this bell from a lady here in Okla. that says it came from an old one room schoolhouse south of Slaughterville, called the Alamo school.
      Are any of you familiar with this type of bell? I put it all together and mounted it on a wood frame. I also put wheels on it to move it around.

      Any info would be greatly appreciated..I may try to post a picture later.

      Thank you..

    • #14430
      lucky13
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      Mick: You have a steel alloy bell. Several US foundries cast these from the late 1800’s well into the 20th century. Different sizes were available and priced accordingly. The 27 indicates the diameter in inches across the mouth. Most steel bells bear no date but some foundries dated theirs. The date inside is 1905. The 9 might like look an 8 due to a casting flaw or it might indicate the exact day of casting (1-8-05) Most foundries cast their name and sometimes their location on the yoke but some did not.

    • #14431
      mick
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      thanks trying to post pic but says pixels to many will figure out tomorrow 😀

    • #14432
      mick
      Member

      Here is a picture of the bell…I was mistaken as the number is 26″ and boy it sure looks like 1805 inside the bell..Is that impossible?

      bell

    • #14433
      mick
      Member

      Also has anyone here ever built a belfry for their bell? I would like to build one but so far have not found any plans on the internet. Any help would be appreciated.. If you have built one please post the picture as I can get a good idea from that. Thank you

    • #14434
      lucky13
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      Mick: Your bell was cast by the CS Bell Co in Hillsboro, Ohio. I can tell that from the bell’s design. Each foundry had it’s own. CS left it’s name off bells that were sold through some mail order houses such as Sears Roebuck and Montgomery Ward and I’ve forgotten the reason for that. The year 1805 is not possible. The mold maker probably goofed and used an 8 instead of a 9 or those numbers could indicate Jan 8, 1905. CS did not begin operation until the 1850’s and in 1805 bronze was used in bell casting. The steel-making process was not developed until mid-century. There’s lots of info on CS at this website and others. It led steel bell production in the US and shipped world-wide. You have a very nice intact bell. An architect or anyone involved in home construction can probably give you advice about a belfry. A big bell is nice to have on New Year’s eve!

    • #14435
      hjlong
      Member

      A bellfry can be rather simple or rather elaborate; it can be made of wood or steel depending on how permanent you want it to be; it can be partially enclosed with a roof or open to the elements. You may want your bell to be the focal point of a cupola or pergola that can be used as a family picnic shelter. Plans and supply lists can be obtained from most home improvement stores. You simply need to decide what you want it to look like and draw it to dimensions that will accomodate your bell. Then you need to buy the supplies and start building. You will need to decide how high off of the ground you wish the bell to be (eye level or elevated). If you make it from wood, 4 x 4 or 6 x 6 treated posts will do for vertical support. If you make it of steel, 4-6 inch I-beams or 4 inch pipe will do just fine for vertical supports.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #14436
      mick
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      Thank you for the great information on my bell. does c and s have a website? I just love old things as i run into alot of stuff in my line of work. i also have a medows stone burr grist mill that we grind corn meal with, its a 24 inch mill. picked up a john deere corn sheller awhile back the grandkids think its magic. so thanks again bell friends ill be sending pics of my bell tower soon drew up a plan yesterday. any imput would be welcomed. +

    • #14437
      lucky13
      Member

      Mick: Google CS Bell Co Hillsboro Ohio. There are several websites.

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