I’ve encountered a large bell – 66 lbs. that is marked 1754 on the top band – heavy green patina and a very interesting item. I know nothing of bells but learning – any info would be so appreciated!
Additional information –
The bell must be brass as a magnet does not stick – the cage portion on the top of the bell is magnatized as is the clapper
The bell is 10″ tall and the bottom is 12″ across
There are 7 raised rings around the bell – the top band within one set of rings is where 1754 mark is found
The cage on the top was added as it appears the top mount original to the bell was broken off
This bell belonged to a 95 year old gentleman that passed it to his granddaughter – Her grandparents were antique collectors; it is not known where the bell was acquired by them.
Note: These three pictures were posted by admin, whose computer does not have the software that allows it to post the type of attachment that can be enlarged.
The bell appears to be an old bronze bell. The crown, if made of steel rods welded to the top of the bell, indicates a poor quality repair. An antique bell would have a cast crown made in bronze. This is either an old bell that has been poorly repaired, or a modern knock-off that has been poorly made.
Harry Long, MD