I was given an old bell by my mother-in-law. She said she thought it was from the depression era, but upon reading your forum I think she was wrong.
On the yoke it reads Frederick town Bell Company and on the end there is a cast lever to make it swing/ring (attach a rope). On the top of the shoulder there is a small “0”, and on the waist there is a large “6” ( about four inches tall). The bell is about 20″ in diameter.
Is there anything you can tell me about this bell?
Just to befuddle bell collectors, there was the Fredricktown bell firm in Corry, Pa. as well as the Frederick Town Bell Co in Ohio. The spelling was slightly different. Most of the bells I’ve come across by the Ohio firm are either dinner bells (12″ to 18″ in diameter) or school bells (20″ to 28″). The largest bell I have found by this firm was 40″ diameter in Panora, Iowa. I do not have years of operation for this firm. All their bells were ferris metal (either iron or steel). — Neil