Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums Large Bells Henry N Hooper Bell Sizes

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    • #12123
      clockmogul
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      Greetings from NW Ohio. New to this great forum.. Can anyone give me an idea on Henry Hooper Bell sizes..? was there standard sizes or were all ordered special..? What i mean was there like 30, 36, 42 etc..? Also how big did they make them..? Thanks, Jerry

    • #17143
      jackbell
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      Bells were not mass-produced in the US until late in the 19th century. More religious structures, schools, and courthouses were built during the period 1880-1930 than anytime in the nation’s history. Foundries sized bells in inches in diameter at the lip. Earlier in the century bells were cast at so many cents per pound. The size of the bell was determined by what the buyer wanted to spend. I’ve seen a Hooper bell about 3 feet in diameter but there were probably larger ones cast.

    • #17144
      clockmogul
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      thanks so much for your reply. So actually they could be any size as per request. Do you consider a Hooper over 40 Inches to be a very large bell..?

    • #17145
      jackbell
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      In America, forty inches is a large bell regardless of the maker. The 2 largest bells in my state (Indiana) are each 60 inches, both cast by McShane in Baltimore.

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