August 18, 2020 at 11:58 pm #29999THeGoedLundParticipant
I added this bell to my collection a couple weeks back while at a local flea market. It’s a very early CS Bell #1 and it’s got some condition issues but I got it for a song and I already have a #2 of similar vintage so I couldn’t pass it up. It is interesting to me that the upright on this bell is different then the one on my #2. That bell has a 2 piece upright that comes together at the base and this is a one piece. I’m guessing they were trying to figure out which way they wanted to go with the upright design in the early days as I have seen a #3 recently with the same design as this #1. If anyone has insights on that I would love to hear about it.
Also, if anyone has a bell or handle to part out to make this one whole I’d love to hear from you. I realize it’s a long shot but hey if you don’t ask . . . 🙂
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August 23, 2020 at 12:45 pm #30003Neil GoeppingerParticipant
Your bell has both the small top shape and the ridge around the bell just above the lip which are both signs of early, pre-civil war bells. I do not have a good knowledge of the shapes of cradles used by the C. S. Bell Co over the years on their dinner bells. I have seen alot of them, and am pretty certain they used a number of different shapes of cradles over the years, I just haven’t photo’d or cataloged them.
As far a parts, Prindle Station in the San Francisco area has the original C. S. Bell Co moulds and can supply parts, and Todd Lower of Lower Bells also makes new replacement parts. The C. S. Bell Co quit making bells and parts in the 1960’s when Virginia Bell sold the business. Nice bell. –Neil
August 24, 2020 at 12:13 am #30004THeGoedLundParticipant
Yes I know about Prindle Station but I don’t know that they would be able to help with this bell since it isn’t quite their standard shape seeing as it is an early version. This bell and my #2 of the same vintage are clearly a different profile and I would like to stay period correct if possible. I’ll just keep putting in my time looking around at flea markets, antique stores and the such to find a replacement bell. The hunt is really half the fun for me. Hearing it ring is the other half. I truly appreciate your response and use your book as a guide as I work on expanding my collection.
I will say that I am saddened by the impending closure of this open forum but perhaps that will persuade me to reach out in other ways.
Thanks for all the great knowledge you have passed on over the years in these forums!
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