Jenny Manning Bell
Tagged: Jenny and Manning Bell
August 4, 2012 at 12:36 am #10693
Hi all. I am NOT wanting to sell, but I received a very old bell after my grandmother passed and I can make out the words Jenny Manning on it. Words are extremely hard to see, but finally figured it out. Can’t find much on the net about it, wondered if anyone could tell me some history and worth? Thanks!
August 4, 2012 at 2:04 am #13334RonaKesselmanParticipant
Hi and Welcome to our Bell Talk Forum!
In order to help identify you bell, it would help if you could give us more information like:
• Height of the bell
• Diameter of the bottom of the skirt
• Writing or engraving on the bell
• Material from which the bell was made
• History about the bell that you may have
• Photo of the outside of the bell
• Photo of the inside of the bell
August 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm #13335
The height is 15 inches and the diameter is 16 inches. It is more of the color of the black pictures, the flash lightened the color up in the others. Rings just fine. The only history of it I have is my grandmother purchased it at an auction in Arkansas. I know nothing more of it than that. I did find some more info last night on the web that Jenny and Manning was a company from Washington?[attachment=2:2tyyy8jv]bell1.JPG[/attachment:2tyyy8jv][attachment=1:2tyyy8jv]bell2.JPG[/attachment:2tyyy8jv][attachment=0:2tyyy8jv]bell3.JPG[/attachment:2tyyy8jv]
August 8, 2012 at 5:32 pm #13337
I guess no one knows anything about this bell. Bummer.
August 8, 2012 at 5:47 pm #13338RonaKesselmanParticipant
The American Bell Association is a all-volunteer hobby organzation. The members who contribute to this forum are not always available. Our members have varied bell “interests”; such as: small bells, glass bells, mechanical, wind-up, ship bells, as well as the bigger bells such as railroad, farm, church and carillon bells, etc.. Several of the regular participates to the Big Bell area may not frequent our forum often. I am glad that you are trolling the internet for information about Jenny and Manning and please impart to us any info that you may find about this company marketing your bell. Please have patience; it may take some time for the right info/answer to come your way.
August 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm #13336Willie B. HerdParticipant
It’s probably a farm, school, or church bell. Researching the company is your best bet.
Maybe worth $200 now, and maybe $300 w/ new paint on Ebay.
August 10, 2012 at 1:55 am #13339hjlong3Participant
This looks like a cast steel farm bell. The bracket is not original and was made by a blacksmith. The original post mount must have been lost. Many of these bells were cast by CS Bell for local hardware stores who had their name cast on the yoke.
Harry Long, MD
December 18, 2016 at 9:02 pm #25036bribdavisParticipant
Jenny & Manning was a small bell foundry located on South Main Street in Washington Court House Ohio. Jenny & Manning were double-brothers-in-laws, that is they married sisters. I don’t know the dates they opened and shut down, but they were in business in 1887. This information was printed in the Record Herold in Washington Court House Ohio, in July 1954.
January 21, 2017 at 11:50 pm #25111Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
Thank you, bribdavis, for sharing this information with us!
July 28, 2017 at 11:04 am #25671johnnyleeParticipant
I have a #3 Jenny and Manning Dinner Farm Bell. It has been in my family for many years. In 1959 when I was nine, my daddy went to his sister’s and retrieved it from her garage. I believe it had been there since the forties. He mounted it to a 6″x 6″ red cedar post. It remained there until 1974 when mama and daddy moved. There was some disagreement as to which of us boys daddy had given it to. It was placed in my basement and remained there until 1991 when I erected it in my yard on the same red cedar post daddy used in 1959. In 2004 Hurricane Isabel blew it down. The cedar post broke off even with the ground. The force of the fall broke the support bracket upon which the bell rested. For the first time, someone (me) really became interested in its history. My bell has “jenny and Manning Washington C.H.O.” stamped on it in raised letters. My wife and I were able to determine from the web that C.H.O. was the abbreviation for “Court House Ohio. Until that moment I never knew the town of Washington Court House, Ohio even existed. I contacted The W.C.H. Historical Society and they sent me a copy of the 1954 article from the local paper summarizing what history they knew of the Jenny And Manning Foundry. I think probably dinner bells were as side product of the foundry. I had the broken bracket welded, sandblasted and painted everything and installed the bell in my yard on a new pressure treated post. It is still there today. The original red cedar post daddy erected it on in 1959 is stored in my building. The foundry was sold in 1898.
July 28, 2017 at 11:11 am #25672Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
What an interesting story, johnnylee! Thank you for sharing it with us! I can tell you are really enjoying having that bell!
July 31, 2017 at 11:04 am #25716johnnyleeParticipant
Thanks Carolyn. Just to follow up, in 1959 we farmed seven acres of tobacco in Piedmont NC where I was born and still live today. We lived and farmed in the Town Limits of Roxboro NC. The bell was a big deal to my brother and I because we had the only one around. Daddy was always getting on us about ringing it. When the bell fell and broke from the hurricane in 2004, I discovered Daddy had used undersized diameter and length bolts. I had to order from the web the correct size bolts. There is no way Daddy could have acquired those in 1959. I know now that was the reason he was so cautious. The bell alone weighs at least 50 pounds.
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