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    • #25113
      bribdavis
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      I have a bell from Pump & Fire Engine Mfg. Co. Seneca Falls NY. I read on the Seneca Falls museum wed site that this company was established in 1864 and shortly after renamed the company Rumsey & Co. Does anyone know what year they actually changed the name. I thought it would help me date my bell as close as possible? Thanks in advance.

      Brian Davis

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    • #25336
      nightflier51
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      I know of a Rumsey&Co bell that was hoisted up in the steeple of a local church in 1870 when the church was erected.

    • #25481
      bribdavis
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      Thanks for the information, that narrows the manufacturing date down between 1864 and 1869.

      Brian

    • #25566
      Neil Goeppinger
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      My research shows the years known to be in operation for Rumsey & Co as 1865 to 1919, which would mean your bell was either made in 1864 or 1865. — Neil Goeppinger

    • #25790
      THeGoedLund
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      I just bought a bell with the same manufacture markings of Pump & Fire Engine Mf Co Seneca Falls, NY. However, I am missing the handle, the upright is quite different than the one in the picture and my bell is marked 50 on the bell. I haven’t had a chance to clean it up yet and due to age it may not be possible to read the number marked on the center of the harp but it is a single digit. Seeing as Rumsey seemingly only went by this name for about a year I suspect my bell was made around the same time as the one pictured previously in this post. Any idea on Rumsey bell markings? 50 seems to be an odd number to have on this bell as it is 17″ across which seems to me to be closer to a 2 in CS Bell terms.

    • #25791
      THeGoedLund
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      My pictures didn’t make it on the last post, hopefully this time.

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      • #25794
        bribdavis
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        If the company was just starting up in 1864 they may have just been experimenting with different numbering schemes? I don’t believe the upright I show on my bell is the original, all the pictures I have seen of these bells online have the standard u-shape uprights.

        Brian

    • #25796
      nightflier51
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      I love the Rumsey yokes They have a real antique look and fancy shape to them. The Rumsey no 8 has a 6 spoke curved spoke wheel which looks very 1800ish. Fancy stands also. The clapper has a oblong shape to it with flat ends. Goulds MFG had that same design and looked like a twin to the Rumsey no 8 Only difference was Goulds used no 33 instead of no 8 on the bell itself. You sure it wasn’t a no 5 instead of no 50?

    • #25798
      THeGoedLund
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      I posted pictures of the bell previously. You should be able to see the 50 on the outside. It was what really intrigued me and why I bought it.

    • #25846

      It looks like the first digit might be an 8 instead of a 5, in which case perhaps it’s about 80 pounds in weight?

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