Ok guys I found this bell 4 years ago on an old farm property rusting away in the woods. The yoke was broken and it had no upright or clapper. With the help of a local blacksmith and a clapper from Prindle station I restored the bell with up rights made by the black smith. The Bell attaches to the yoke by sliding through and then held in place by a gravity secured wedge. The yoke reads S.D. Fran…Dayton, Oh. The piece that completed the SD fran part was missing when found. The bell is 16 1/2 inches in diameter. ANy help would be appreciated
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The tang-top mount is unusual on a farm bell. Your blacksmith did an excellent job on the cradle. SD Fran might have been a foundry but I’ve never heard of it. My guess is that the maker trademarked it to a retailer (probably a hardware) named SD Frank, Francis, Franklin, France, Franken…………whatever in Dayton. If you live near Dayton go to the main library. They probably have city directories from the 19th century on microfilm. All merchants and households were listed in these. The library probably has a website too. Trademarked bells are more scarce than those with the foundry name or no markings.
Is this something of value I should be concerned about being outside? I restored it for my kids to ring in the backyard.
If you don’t live in a high-crime area don’t be too concerned. Farm bells are not rare or worth more than a two or three hundred in perfect condition. Many thousands were made because at one time nearly every rural home had one, especially in the midwest and south.