I was hoping that someone could help me identifying the bell maker. There appears to be a shield with a cross on the shield with the letters JB either side of it all within the floral branches…..Thanks……….Dave………Melbourne……Australia
This is a beautiful bronze bell that appears to be of English origin based on its design. I agree that the crest probably represents the foundry, but I do not know which one. The mounting on the crown suggests that it had a cast iron yoke with a rectangular mounting in the top to fit the mounting shank. The Taylor Bell Foundry has a cross in its current logo, and perhaps this was an earlier version. Again, they should be able to tell you if it is one of their bells by looking at the picture.
Harry Long, MD
I believe I have exactly the same bell. I always thought I would never find a second one.
I had mine identified by some people with a lot of knowledge about church bells.
The information that came back was that the bell was indeed made by James Barwell, whose foundry was on Great Hampton street in Birmingham. Apparently the bell was made between 1870 and 1890. They knew this because the style of the signature crest changed in 1890.