Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums Large Bells Looking for info on #22 Bell and Wheel restoration

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    • #11954
      jrplotts
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      I purchased a #22 bell at an estate auction to put on top of the one-room school house/workshop I am building . It had been painted gold but whoever did it didn’t do a very good job so I cleaned it up with a wire cup, primed and painted it silver.[attachment=2:aeyzvn7w]2012-01-04_22-07-28_790.jpg[/attachment:aeyzvn7w]
      It has a makers mark that looks like an L that I haven’t been able to find a reference to anywhere, I’m guessing that it’s not C.S. Bell. The L appears twice on top of the bell, it also has a V or A on it? [attachment=1:aeyzvn7w]2012-01-04_22-13-35_640.jpg[/attachment:aeyzvn7w]
      Also, the wheel is not like any other that I’ve seen. There is no groove or girdle hole for a rope, but there is an elongated hole in one of the spokes. Is this the original wheel? if so how should it be rigged? The way it was set up was so the spoke hole is at the bottom (that just doesn’t seem to make sense to me. [attachment=0:aeyzvn7w]2012-01-04_22-08-25_622.jpg[/attachment:aeyzvn7w]
      Any help would be greatly appreciated.
      I’ll also accept offers if anyone would like to help me heft this monster up on top of my building. I don’t want to hire a crane but I may have no other choice.

    • #16749
      jackbell
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      It was made in Hillsboro by CS Bell Co. Many were sold through retailers such as Sears, Montgomery Ward, etc. Some of these were trademarked with the name of the retailer and some only bore size numbers. Other than the size on top of the bell, I don’t know what the other characters indicate. The mark on the yoke might be a casting flaw. That wheel is a later replacement and came from something other than a bell. Remove it and replace with a 12 inch lever similar to the kind used on a farm bell. Don’t risk life or limb trying to place this atop a structure. Better let a professional do it.

    • #16750
      hjlong3
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      If the wheel does not have a groove for the rope, it is probably from a foot operated sewing machine or lathe. The elongated hole would be attached to a bolt and rod that would move the rod up and down, and when attached to the mechanism of the machine, it would spin it.
      Harry Long, MD

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