Tom S. has written:
Since the ‘farm bell’ I have, seems to have been cast in ‘Cinci’, your chapter of the association seemed to be a good place for me to start finding out about my bell. The real reason for this message is to find out what ‘Great Uncle Franz’ willed to me thru my father and his brother.
I have an IRON AMALGAM BELL marked: FBEI???? & CO. CIN. O. followed by a horizontal ‘diamond’. The ‘bowl’ is about 16″ in diameter and swings from a two(2) piece yoke? It seems to be in ‘pretty complete and good condition for a bell that was removed from the farmstead back in the early 1960’s.
I’d like to know more about the maker and whether or not it would be ‘reasonable’ to mount the bell on a post in the back yard. It is probably a ‘garden variety’ bell and therefore not worth much besides the memories of being called to the farmhouse by it when I was a little kid visiting ‘Uncle Franz’.
If you can help, please post a response.
This inquiry was originally sent to a chapter contact person who forwarded it to the Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.
There were a number of bell foundries in Cincinnati, but I could find none which begin with the letter “F”. Sorry. — Neil
A couple of good photos could be very helpful. Several of the contributors to this forum have seen enough different bells to be able to recognize probable manufacturers by style alone. Inscriptions don’t always tell the whole story; I’m convinced that both C.S.Bell and Henry McShane made some bells which bore the names of the companies which actually sold them to customers. Nowadays we call that “private label packaging.”