Help Us Identify This Bell, Please! (Pictures Included)
July 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm #24637BRMuseumParticipant
I am working with the Bass River Heritage Museum in Bass River, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Our museum recently came into possession of a bell from our local elementary school, and we are looking for some information on the possible history of this item. Any information you may have on this bell would be greatly appreciated.
The bell is made from cast iron and was purchased between the years of 1927 and 1929. According to some locals, the bell was made and purchased in Ohio.
The only writing on the bell can be found on the yoke (Yoke 22), and on the “A” stand (No. 4 (followed by a fraction that in not legible)).
Any information you have would be greatly appreciated.
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July 6, 2016 at 11:22 am #24643kcoonenParticipant
Your bell is cast in the form of a CS BELL bell from Hillsboro, OH. The “YOKE 22″ signifies the founders’ generic casting for a 22” wide bell. The “A” stands were used among several size bells, though a “4” bell is 20″, so a “4 1/2″ may have indicated a 22” at the time, as IDs changed over time.
Unfortunately, your bell has at least one current crack, and what appears to be a second crack repaired with a weld or braze. Strikes will only worsen these cracks, and if there is a ring now, use jeopardizes the bell’s integrity.
The dates purposed are possible, though thousands of this size alone were cast in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Nice looking bell, but I would avoid ringing it.
October 13, 2016 at 11:01 pm #24860Neil GoeppingerParticipant
I agree that this bell was made by the C. S. Bell Co of Hillsboro, Ohio. The owner’s name was Charles Singleton Bell, thus the name of the firm. He was Scotch. He also made agricultural implements and meat grinders (the hand crank variety that attach to a counter). The C. S. Bell Company, along with some other firms, made bells for sale in catalogues such as Sears Roebuck, Henry Field Seed Co, and others. When they did, they left their name off the bell. Based on the shape of the bell mountings, I agree this bell was made by the C. S. Bell Co., and because it does not have the foundry name cast on the yoke, it was sold through one of the catalogue firms. The most likely firm would have been Sears based on volume. — Neil Goeppinger
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