New to the forum… I was given a bell that we had as kids growing up and it originated from my grandfather who lived in Colorado. Anyhow the raised letter on this bell says the following “L. D. Rankin Fredericktown O. New Composition Bell” the word Secured and other markings are missing. The questions are
1. Why would this 16 inch bell be missing secured and the other markings?
2. Is this a fake bell or reproduction?
3. The bell upright appears to not be proper?