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    • #11473
      dukecane
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      My family recently received from my wife’s grandmother family estate a large farm bell. From all of everyone’s memory – it well could be over 100 years old. We received a bell clapper and two mounting brackets. The bell has “A3” on the inscription and the bowl measures 17. 5 inches wide. The mounting brackets consist of two long iron rods, with holes on the top (with bolts) and hooks on the bottom. I assume the bell rests on the hooks – but how does it mount is my main question….

      We would like to place the bell on our property . However – no one from the family has any memory of how it was mounted. Also – in looking on the internet – I have not seen any description of this mounting technique – or even the equipment offered up for sale. All I see is information on upright mounting (in which we do not have one).

      Any help on this – and information or resources on where look – or how to mount – would be appreciated.

    • #15857
      jackbell
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      Please post some photos. It will help.

    • #15856
      jackbell
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      I’m guessing the original cradle for post-mounting was broken or lost and the rods were made as a substitute. They were fastened to a wood cross beam and the bell was hung below from the hooks. Again, a photo will help.

    • #15851
      dukecane
      Participant

      Thanks in advance for looking. I will try and post picture – but I am new on this task as well…Thanks again.

    • #15852
      jackbell
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      Thanks for the photos. Those rods are not original to the bell and it hangs from them as I described before. The rope arm is also missing from the end of the yoke but a substitute should not be difficult to have made.

    • #15853

      Since the bell doesn’t carry any maker’s identification, but is in the style of the C.S.Bell company, and is a bit roughly made, it’s probable that it was made by someone else, as an anonymous imitation of a famous brand. The two support rods are clearly cast iron, not blacksmith work; therefore they must be production items rather than a one-off improvisation. That suggests to me that they ARE original to the bell, even though I’ve never seen anything quite like them before. But I quite agree that they are intended to hang the bell from an overhead frame. Perhaps this was the origin of the idea of hanging such a bell “upside down”, which nowadays we see in the not uncommon modification of postmount forks by a welder.

    • #15854
      jackbell
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      Since the maker seems to have duplicated a CS bell it’s probable the cradle was also a duplicate. I think these rods, even though being cast, were made for something other than a bell.

    • #15855
      hjlong3
      Participant

      I agree that the rods do not appear to be original hardware, but were fabricated to hang this bell from a wooden beam.
      Harry Long, MD

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