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    • #11317
      stephanie
      Member

      Hi everyone!

      I was planning on finding a new owner for this bell, and I was hoping I could get some more information on its value. Below is a quick sketch:

      Height (including yoke): about 12 in.
      Diameter of bottom skirt: 14 in.
      Writings or engravings: On one side of the yoke is “The C.S. Bell Co. Hillsboro, O.” with a “1” in the center. On the reverse left side of the yoke a “K” is stamped.
      Material: Steel
      Personal History: It was taken from a New England church before the church was destroyed, and has since been hanging in a cupola on the roof of a Midwestern house since 1962.

      It has several paint chips and bubbles on the exterior, and part of the yoke and the bell both seemed to have been broken and pieced back together at one point. On the yoke where it says “C.S. Bell”, the word “Bell” is hard to read as it appears the yoke had broken there and had been melted back together. The clapper is missing and the bell is somewhat rusty inside, and there are a few chips on the bottom skirt of the bell. Lastly, the rod parts of the yoke are a little worn from being used for such a long time.

      Let me know if you need any other pictures or more information. Thank you for your help!

    • #15077
      jackbell
      Participant

      Stephanie: There’s a wealth of information on CS Bell in the Bell Talk archives (upper right corner). Sorry to say your bell is probably worth less than $50 considering the damage and missing parts (clapper, rope arm, cradle). These were made by the thousands mainly for farm use and are still fairly plentiful.

    • #15078
      stephanie
      Member

      Excellent, thank you for your help!

    • #15074
      nightflier51
      Participant

      Hi Can you tell me if it has a fair ring to it? I noticed it was cracked and welded.

    • #15076
      stephanie
      Member

      Hi there! The bell actually makes more of a “thudding” sound; because of this, I do not think it can be properly restored. 🙁 Thank you very much for the question, though!

    • #15075
      nightflier51
      Participant

      Those darn cracks, lol I have 2 cracked bells myself but i have a soft heart for them. I read an article one time in Readers Digest about a town that had several churches and at 10 am all of them, includeing one which was cracked would ring. It was said that when the one cracked bell rang it somehow enhanced the others while ringing and when it didnt ring with the others it made them somehow not special. Reminds me of a christmas song i once heard about a christmas bell ornament which fell and broke but its odd sound guided santa into a foggy village ( a cute song ) If you decide to sell it lemme know. I would want history on it too. Ron

    • #15072
      stephanie
      Member

      That’s a great story! There definitely is something charming about a more worn bell, even if it is just a little cracked. 🙂 This bell was hanging in a New England church around the turn of the century, and was taken from the church right before it was destroyed. After that it was brought to a Midwestern home in 1963 where it has been hanging in a cupola on top of the house ever since. It was taken from the church cracked and welded as it is now, and I’m not sure what caused it exactly. I am definitely still looking for a buyer for the bell if you are interested, so let me know! I am also willing to ship it, if needed. Thank you for your response!

    • #15073
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Stephanie and Ron,

      This is just a reminder that you two can contact each other by clicking on the icon on the right of the message that says “PM” (private message) on it. That way, you can do your negotiations out of the eye of the public.

      Admin (Carolyn)

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