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      rjoseph4893
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      A 24″ diameter bell was reinstalled in our church in Knox County, OH, (same county as Foote Foundry) about 2 weeks ago. The height is about 24″ also, and the material is cast iron.
      The bell has no visible markings except the raised numbers “28”. The church was built in 1916-1916, and it is quite likely the bell was purchased and installed then. What can you tell us about this bell?

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    • #24547
      kcoonen
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      Hi there. I think I know this one, though others here are far more knowledgeable.
      Yours is a Blymyer (Blymer) Norton bell, with its distinct arched yoke and serpentine belfry stands and unique wheel spokes, and was cast by Cincinnati Bell Foundry prior to 1900 or so, I believe.
      The “28” must be on the yoke, a marriage with the 24″ bowl for restoration(?) Opposite the “28” on the yoke might be another medallion with “C & N Co” inscribed.
      For a humble cast iron bell, these sure are sophisticated designs.
      Great project with great results!
      We hope many hear the joy!
      KC

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      Blymyer, yes – and KC’s remarks about its style are quite correct. The partnership of Blymyer, Norton & Co. (early 1870s) was incorporated as The Blymyer Manufacturing Company about 1874, but may have continued to use the BN&Co designation on its bells for some time. The bell manufacturing business was spun off into The Cincinnati Bell Foundry Company in 1884-5, and operated under this name until it closed about 1925. This last name was commonly abbreviated on yoke medallions as CIN B F CO.

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      rjoseph4893
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      Thanks for the information–which led to a 1910 Cincinnati Bell Foundry catalog in the Ohio History Connection archives. Our bell at Hopewell UMC near Mt. Vernon, OH, is quite probably a Blymyer 24″ bell. Cost in 1910 was $40, and there was a 5 year, full replacement warranty, with 50% replacement cost after 5 years I had hoped to attach a photo from the catalog, but the file size (3.3 MB) exceeds the limit. Again, your expert help is most appreciated.

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