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    • #25968
      dbcooper
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      Does anyone know why bells have 9 bead lines? Any help would be very much appreciated…. Thanks

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    • #25978
      nightflier51
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      I think its for decoration. Most bronze bells have them but cast iron bells like CS Bell never put lines on theirs nor Goulds, American Bell Co or Rumsey &Co

      • #25980
        dbcooper
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        The lines are for decoration…. But why does 9 keep coming up ?

    • #25988
      nightflier51
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      I had never noticed that. I wonder if the Liberty Bell has 9 rings?

    • #26043

      Actually, the Revere bell pictured has 11 single bead lines, grouped 2-2-2-3-2. The first bell pictured is a Vanduzen, and it has 6 – a mixture of singles and triples. Post-1890 Henry Stuckstede bells have only a group of 3 singles below the waist plus 1 or 2 above the shoulder. Bells by G.W.Coffin, Petit & Fritsen and Eijsbouts, with their ornamental shoulder bands, have yet other numbers. In summary, every bell founder had his own idea about how to decorate a bell, leading to a variety of patterns of bead lines, though the limited number of possibilities also means that there are some commonalities. Revere, for instance, learned from English bellfounders and followed the most common English pattern.

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