Hello, can anyone identify this farm bell ? It was used in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It measures 16 1/2″ and is cast iron. I could find no markings.
I will be installing it in my Cupola on our farm garage, but would like to attach a note in the cupola about the bell’s history. I purchased it at a neighbors public sale yesterday and know a little history about their place. Thanks to all in advance.
This particular design shows up occasionally at eBay. On some the rope pull is fastened to the top of the yoke. The bells are never trademarked making identification of a foundry next to impossible. There were a lot of iron furnaces in Pa and that is where most of these bells are located. I guess it’s age circa 1850s or 60s.
Thanks, Jackbell, I appreciate your response.
Hey B, without markings, it’s tough, 16 1/2″ is unusual. (What is the height, and diameter @ top of bell???)
It could also be a school bell, and possibly a church bell. U may be able to tell something by the sound, (and tone) of it. Church bells usually have a deeper ‘dong’ sound, Farm/school bells are higher pitched, more of a ‘clang’, and Locomotive even more so…..Made this way so the towns ppl could tell them apart for the Fire bell alarms.
I have a bell that looks a lot like this. It measures 19.5 inches at bottom of the bell. It has “IND* MFG CO INDIANA PENNSYLVANIA” written across the top of the swing arm. (pls forgive me for not knowing all the right names of bell parts) There is another character after the IND and before the MFG, it may be an “I “, but I am not sure. I don’t know anything else about it yet.