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  • #29342

    vovkaonline
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    Hello,

    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.

    Thanks.

    Vlad

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    vovkaonline
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    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.

    Vlad

  • #29349

    vovkaonline
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    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 🙂

    Vlad

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    Can’t quite make the pictures to sow properly, sorry.

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