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    • #12280
      bulanbells
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      Hey folks,
      I have a bell that I was told could be a replica or commemorative of the Liberty Bell.
      It is inscribed:
      Mcshane Bell Foundry
      Baltimore MD.
      1891
      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.

      37 inch dia mc shane  Baltimore md 1891. 30 in tall.

    • #17514
      jackbell
      Participant

      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.

    • #17515
      halanb
      Participant


      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.

      1876 and 1893 Meneely bells

      1893 McShane bell

      Approximate dimensions: bell diameter 4″, bell height 3.25″, wheel diameter 5.25″, base 3.75″ x 6″.

      Bell inscriptions:
      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

      Front base inscription (facing front) – SOUVENIR COLUMBIAN LIBERTY BELL 1893

      Rear base inscription (facing rear) – MCSHANE BELL FOUNDRY. BALTIMORE, MD

      1976 McShane bell

      Front base inscription (facing front) – REPLICA OF 1893 COLUMBIAN LIBERTY BELL

      Rear base inscription (facing front) – J.R. MCSHANE BICENTENNIAL COMMEMORATIVE

      For more information, see: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=533&start=13

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    • #17516
      bulanbells
      Participant

      Jackbell and halanb thank you very much!!!!

    • #17517
      bulanbells
      Participant

      http://sdhistoricalsociety.org/formersite/histmys/news040708-1.htm

      any chance this bell is similar to this or is this bell above just a tower bell too? Thanks 🙂

    • #17518
      jackbell
      Participant

      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.

    • #17519
      bulanbells
      Participant

      @jackbell wrote:

      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.

      Ok thanks didnt know just seen it and was what is the deal with it thanks again guys.

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