Liberty Bell replica? Need help please!
June 9, 2013 at 11:06 pm #12280
I have a bell that I was told could be a replica or commemorative of the Liberty Bell.
It is inscribed:
Mcshane Bell Foundry
You can’t tell from the picture, but in person you can see a fake crack that was cast into the metal toward the bottom exactly like the Liberty Bell. The bell itself was made that way intentionally the crack isn’t from wear and tear. The only thing I could find on google was there were a variety of Liberty Bell replicas were produced during the “Century of Progress” World’s Columbian Exposition of 1892 in Chicago. I was unable to find anything about Mcshane producing this type of bell. If anyone has any info. on this bell I’d appreciate it.
June 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm #17514jackbellParticipant
You have a McShane tower bell, nothing more. What is perceived to be a fake crack is just a casting flaw. The 1892-93 World Columbian Exposition Liberty Bell souvenir is brass with a wood handle and is 2.5 inches tall. I have one. You have collected some very nice bells.
June 10, 2013 at 9:49 pm #17515halanbParticipant
Meneely Bell Co., Troy NY, cast two bells, each weighing 13,000 pounds to represent the thirteen original states, one bell for the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial, and the other bell for the 1892-93 Chicago Columbian Exposition.
McShane Bell Foundry, Baltimore MD, used excess metal from the 1893 Meneely bell to cast souvenir versions, and cast another for the 1976 BiCentennial.
Approximate dimensions: bell diameter 4″, bell height 3.25″, wheel diameter 5.25″, base 3.75″ x 6″.
Top – GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST AND ON EARTH PEACE GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN
Center front – A NEW COMMANDMENT / I GIVE UNTO YOU / THAT YE LOVE ONE ANOTHER
Center rear – A. D. 1893.
Bottom – PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT ALL THE LAND UNTO THE INHABITANTS THEREOF
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June 11, 2013 at 6:48 pm #17516
Jackbell and halanb thank you very much!!!!
June 12, 2013 at 2:12 am #17517
any chance this bell is similar to this or is this bell above just a tower bell too? Thanks 🙂
June 12, 2013 at 3:01 am #17518jackbellParticipant
They can call it a Liberty Bell replica if they want to but it’s a typical mid-size Buckeye Bell Foundry tower bell cast in Cincinnati.
June 13, 2013 at 2:15 am #17519
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