Kentucky bell with star stamp
February 27, 2008 at 6:45 am #10812
Bell collectors in Australia seem confused about the origins of this Kentucky type bell. Most agree it was made in the US but the identity of the maker is unknown (some say it was made by Sargent & Co). Can anyone assist? I have attached a photograph showing the 5-pointed star at the lower face of the bell.
February 28, 2008 at 2:04 pm #13640hjlongMember
It is my understanding that cowbells with the “star” stamp were manufactured by Star Brothers Bell Manufacturing od East Hampton, CT. This company eventually was acquired by Bevin Brothers Bell Company. To my knowledge this company was the only one to hallmark their bells with a star.
Harry Long, MD
March 2, 2008 at 6:55 am #13641
Thank you Harry for your prompt reply.
I have never heard of the ‘Star Brothers Bell Manufacturing’; only ‘Orson Starr’. (I am assuming they are not the same company). Can you direct me to further information on animal bell manufacturers in the US? There is very little information on the Bevin Brothers website, and I would like to do some more reading on the subject.
May 27, 2018 at 3:37 pm #26766southjerseyParticipant
Orston Starr and family had a bell and a brick manufacturing business in Royal Oak, Michigan. both products bore the logo of a star, i believe 5 pointed but possibly 6.
this newspaper article shows some Starr bells but it’s hard to make out the star
the book “The History of Royal Oak” has photographs of the bricks and of the bells.
the Starr family was from the Rochester area of New York. many New Yorkers from upstate and western New York settled eastern Michigan hence a large number of transplated community names (Rochester, Utica, Livonia, Troy, Farmington, Northville).
March 2, 2008 at 7:08 pm #13642AnonymousInactive
There is an article in The Bell Tower of September-October 2005 titled “Bicycle Bells by Starr Brothers Bell Company.” The text reads:
Starr Brothers Bell Company, East Hampton, Connecticut, made bicycle bells in its foundry. The company was in business from 1842 to 1955. Forty-five Starr Brothers bicycle bells are on display in the library of the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
The bells, once located at Starr Brothers, were obtained by Martin and Elise Roenigk and are now part of their mechanical musical instruments collection…
I hope this helps. I’ll post a picture of the star logo on top on one of the bells when I can get it uploaded.
March 3, 2008 at 1:57 pm #13643hjlongMember
It is probable that this “brass-dipped” steel Cowbell was manufactured by Orson Starr’s company in Royal Oak, Michigan. He is believed to be one of the offspring of the East Hampton, CT Starr Brothers, Vine, although I have not been able to confirm it. The LDS Family Search web page lists his birthdate as 1803 in New York and death 21 April 1873 in Royal Oak, MI. His fater is listed as Vine Starr (b. 1780, CT) & Lettice. The Royal Oak, MI website notes tha Orson Starr marked his cowbells with a trademark Star. I would refer you to an excellent web site on sleigh bells that reviews the chronology of these companies.
contains some valuable information. There is also an informative web page about East Hampton bell manufacturers on the East Hampton web page and further information on the Cheatham, MA web page.
Harry Long, MD
May 27, 2018 at 3:50 pm #26767southjerseyParticipant
Royal Oak says that the Starrs came from ROchester, N.Y. It could be that in earlier years the Starr family was in Connecticut. a lot of people left Connecticut because of the lack of arable land, going to Long Island and then to New Jersey or west to Ohio (the Western REserve), but they may have gone to other places. Farmington, Michigan was started by Quakers from Farmington, New York, and one and only one person has stuck his neck out and said that the QUakers who started Farmington, N.Y. came from Farmington, CT.
i used to live within walking distance of the Almon Starr house (corner of 13 Mile and Crooks Rd.). the Orson Starr house is further east on Main St./Livernois outside of Royal Oak. LIvernois used to the right of way of an interurban line and one of the few major streets NOT to have flooding problems.
There is a Rochester and a Utica in another part of Metro Detroit and these are two examples of place names transplanted from New York. ROchester NY used to be a desirable place for farming due to a weather anomaly that made the climate milder than should be expected for its latitude.
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March 3, 2008 at 5:08 pm #13644AnonymousInactive
This does not look like the same star. This is the Starr Brothers bicycle bell.
April 5, 2008 at 8:28 am #13645
Thank you to everyone who posted comments regarding the identification of this bell.
From your responses and other research I have undertaken, I would say that this bell is not an Orson Starr – which still begs the question, “Who made it?”. As I have mentioned before, these types of bells are quite common in Australian collections, yet were not made in Australia.
When I contacted Gary Spickler, he informed me that US bell manufacturers often produced different bells for their export market – so perhaps it would not be familiar to US collectors.
However, I appreciate the effort you have all made to assist in my inquiry.
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