My name is Peter and I’m somewhat new to the history of bells. In short, I’m a builder who has recently purchased an old church for a construction project.
There is a rather large bell in the bell tower, it’s approximately 48 inches in diameter and in height. I beleive it is cast iron. It’s completely in tact and other than a lot of dust it appears to be in great shape. The elderly residents in the neighborhood tell me that the old church was built prior to 1910. The structure is located in the Pocono Mountains region of North Easter Pennsylvania.
I would like to know if someone can help me with this or send me in the proper direction. I would like to have the bell appraised, then possibly sell it along with the stained glass.
Please feel free to contact me with any help it would be greatly appreciated.
This sounds like a typical C.S.Church Bell, Hillsboro, OH. A steel alloy bell will not be as valuable as a bronze bell, but a #48 is a large bell and to the right collector will be worth the cost of removing it from the steeple. Some churches are looking for a bell and might be interested in yours. If it is intact with all of the hardware and wheel, it will be worth more than if parts are missing. Be careful in removing it, as the cast iron “A” brackets on which it rests are cast iron and easily broken.