Hello all –
Our school has an old brass bell made by Meneely Bell Company, Troy NY. It has sat in the school lobby for the past 40 years. Is there any concern in ringing the bell? I don’t want to crack it. It looks in very good condition.
One additional bit of information, if your bell was made by one of the two Meneely foundries, it is made of bronze (copper and tin), not brass (copper and zinc). To my knowledge, neither of the two Meneely bell foundries ever made brass bells – only bronze.