Since early last Summer I’ve been looking for a Fredericktown bell, specifically a Rankin, and recently this surfaced at a local farm auction (Fairfield Co., Ohio). Over the Web I’ve yet to encounter any images of a Fredericktown example with a tang – they always feature the head-bolt. This one has an eye in the tang through which there is a wedge (possibly original?) that was shimmed with five square nails at some point. Fortunately the original cradle (confirmed through photos of other Rankin survivors) is still with it, with the two holes set at approx. 1 o’clock and 7 o’clock. I was wondering how common the tang-tops are, and if there exists a timeline or window for them, before the advent of the head-bolt. I can post close-up images of the tang.
Thank you in advance,
PS – I first mistakenly posted this to the wrong topic section (instructional…!)
OK – the first time through the four images uploaded fine. Now that I’m on the correct topic, they did not. Here goes another attempt . . . First one’s there twice; Ill get the hang of it! Thanks again for wading through this.