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    • #11781
      DJM
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      Thank you for your site! I have a friend who showed me this bell and would like to see if anyone can help me identify it and provide any information/history about it. The script around the bell reads, “Johannes + LVCAS + MARCVS + Mathevs – -“. My friend stated that the bell has been passed from father to father going back many generations.

    • #16418
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Dear DJM,

      If you go to the Library section on our Forum that has articles about bells, you will find an article that is entitled “The Apostle, Pelican, Evangelist and Stork Bells. viewtopic.php?f=19&t=435. Scroll down to the fifth picture and you will find your bell. Also, if you do a search (top right corner of any page) and type in “Matthew, Mark, Luke and John”, you can find other pages that talk about different versions of the same bell. The ones that have open work are said to be older than the ones with a solid skirt.

      Admin (Carolyn)

    • #16419
      DJM
      Participant

      Carolyn,

      Thank you for the reply. As I continued to search I located the link you provided. It seems that the Evangelist Bell is a common bell and would like to provide a value of the bell to my neighbor. Do you know of a site on the internet where I could get the value? Deborah

    • #16420
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Dear Deborah,

      The American Bell Association does not appraise bells nor do we maintain a list of appraisers. However, you have done the right thing by posting a request for an opinion of the value. I’m sure others will offer an opinion based on their experiences and research.

      You might also look on online auction sites to see if there are any listed and how much they’re asking for them.

      You should read “What info do you need to identify my bell?” in our Frequently Asked Questions section: viewtopic.php?f=20&t=639. It is important for us to know the height and diameter of your bell. I think you have told us most everything else on the list.

      Good luck!
      Admin (Carolyn)

    • #16421
      hjlong3
      Participant

      This is a nice Evangelst Bell, most likely cast in Belgium prior to WWII. These are quite common and a nice addition to any collection.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #16422
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Harry,

      Is this bell also called an Apostle bell?

      Thanks,
      Carolyn

    • #16417
      hjlong3
      Participant

      Carolyn,
      Matthew, Mark, Luke & John are considered Evangelists and not Disciples or Apostles of Jesus as they lived after the death of Jesus, although there is debate about whether the books were written by others using the names of the Apostles. I consider the Apostle Bell to have the 12 Apostles around the skirt, commonly known as the bell of St. Peter’s Basilica.
      Harry

    • #16423
      bigmike
      Participant

      I have one with same markings but appears to be handmade not cast.Very uneven and rough looking,its missing the Jo in Johannes also.Looks like it was pounded out with a mallet.Images hard to make out.Looks like it was poorly made or very old.I would like to know the age of this bell.I found it in a trash pile at work while renovating a home in Charleston South Carolina in 1991.height and diameter of bell is 3″x2″ and 3/16
      thanks,
      Bigmike

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