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    • #10527
      elspaniard
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      Hi everyone. Nice forum here. My father in law and I found this forum when we were searching for info on a bell his father found in a local river in the 1960s. We are very curious about it and wanted to ask for help identifying it and any info anyone here may know or have on it. Here’s a photo of the bell:

      http://i.imgur.com/7ACk4.jpg

      The marking reads: “J L Haven & Co Cincinatti O Steel Composition Bell” and the diameter is 27.5″

      We’d love any helpful info you may have on this bell. Thanks in advance to any who may know anything 🙂

    • #12945
      jackbell
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      Check the posting at this forum by robjohn on Sept 28, 2006 concerning James Haven Co. There are also numerous internet articles, just Google James Haven Cincinnati. Too bad your bell has been so abused.

    • #12943
      elspaniard
      Participant

      Thanks, yeah. That post was one of the search results we got when we googled for it, and found this site. The most we could find was a small article with very little info. Mostly just when the company existed and that the owner was more known for filing the patent for the yo-yo here in the States.

      We were hoping someone maybe knew what kind of boat these bells were attached to or any other info. But thanks for the tip.

    • #12944
      jackbell
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      This bell still has the hub of it’s rope wheel which indicates it was probably used atop a structure (church, school, etc). The yoke was repaired sometime but eventually someone dumped the bell in the river to get it out of the way. I would remove the yoke and discard it. This might take a lot of Liquid Wrench (penetrating oil) and patience. Have the bell blasted clean then mount it to a 4 by 4 wood post. If the clapper is not present a machine shop can make one to fit. The ball should be about 4 inches in diameter and strike the thickest part of the lip. The shop can probably fashion all the missing parts if you want to invest that much. If the bell is cracked, even a hairline, the sound is ruined and there is no point spending time or money in restoration. An intact bell will resonate, a cracked one will plunk.

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