Interesting 22″ Buckeye Bell foundry bell with yoke
June 11, 2019 at 12:30 pm #29342
I just bought this bell at a local auction and would be very interested in some insights. It is marked “Buckeye Bell foundry 1898” “THE E.W.VANDUZEN CO. CINCINNATI”. It also have a sign: “Maria Consoladrix Aflictorum by Jacob Scheiber. Tiffin. Ohio.”. I did some research on the names, and got this:
“The Tiffin Manufacturing Company was a church furniture manufacturing company located in Tiffin, Ohio, and founded in 1874 by Alsatian emigrant Jacob Scheiber. The company first made a range of wood products but by the early 1890s devoted itself entirely to the manufacture of church furniture and church interiors. The company became a national leader in the field of church furniture and established trends in the design of church furnishings and interiors. Tiffin Manufacturing was in business until the 1960s.”
The bell is around 22″ and very heavy. By all indications it’s supposed to be old, but it looks new… No sign of use whatsoever, like it was cast yesterday… Could it be a replica? But why? Kind of puzzled by this. Any information will be highly appreciated.
June 12, 2019 at 3:16 pm #29343
Some more information I got from the auction house. Apparently, this bell came from the estate of some very wealthy person from Hudson, WI area. The owner has recently passed away. It is 100% original, just had been “restored”, with all the patina cleaned off. This kind of restoration is barbaric to my taste, but it is what it is… The bell was taken down from a specially built pedestal in front of the person’s mansion.
Just thought i’d share.
June 17, 2019 at 12:05 pm #29349
Built a base and set the bell up over the weekend. Took some effort – the bell is easily 400 pounds… Turned out nicely. Beautiful tone, and LOUD…. Wake up, neighborhood 🙂
June 17, 2019 at 12:09 pm #29355
August 13, 2019 at 10:58 pm #29465
Your bell has been sandblasted and that is why it appears gold colored and the patina is gone. Too bad, someone didn’t know what they were doing. It will not affect the sound of the bell, and Vanduzen made high quality bells. Enjoy your bell. –Neil
August 27, 2019 at 8:27 am #29528
A beauty in any state, nicely mounted now.
Ours is a 28″ otherwise identical, and was also blasted before our acquisition.
After 4 years outdoors exposure it is developing a softer warm patina.
Enjoy, and thanks for sharing.
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