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      Anonymous
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      Hello, I’m Charles, & I just joined the Am. Bell International a few months ago… I collect naval ship bells, the 23 lbs type, bronze. So in my quest on E-bay, I always give out your web site, & information on learning more about bells. Most of my contacts are dealers, who may or may not care about the history of bells, but I try to be as helpful as I can…

      I have given information on bronze Mexican Mission bells the most. A lot of dealers feel they have an old bell, but I try to explain to them, no, you have a very nice modern cast Mexican Mission bell, made for the North American tourist trade. 1811 would be Mexico’s start of its Wars of Indendence, so you have a repro. I know for a fact, because I purchased my first Mexican Mission bell, in 1980, @ the old Spanish Mission, The Alamo, located downtown San Antonio, Texas, while I was attending US Army medical school, @ Ft Sam Houston, Texas, for medic, corpsman training. I believe I paid only $20.00 for the larger model, out of a set of 3. Sm, Med. & lg sizes. Some dealers thank me for this information, while others, I believe, would like me to keep my opinions to myself, {smile}… πŸ˜€ I guess its called, putting a fly in the butter milk. {smile} πŸ™‚

      I have learned so much about Naval Ship Bells since I started shopping on E-bay. I purchased 3 old Am. Bell Soc volumes, @ a local thrift shop, in 1994 or so, which raised a red flag. Look on the internet for the Soc…. Paid my membership dues, & am finding new friends all over the USA, over bronze naval ship bells….I have a small collections of ship bells. Most are of the 5 lbs or so type.

      I just purchased a beautiful Bronze ABA Florida convention bell from the estate of Jan Edmondson, pass President of AB. Soc. May she rest in peace. RIP… I won the bid @ $43.04. It weights in @ 2 lbs.. I’m very happy to have won it. It has a dolphin for a handle. Just a beautiful bell. E-mail me at charlesduaneromero90270@msn.com anytime when you just want to chew the fat, {smile}… πŸ˜€ Talk of bells, my # one hobby. Best Wishes, Charles92570

      This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.
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    • #14238
      Anonymous
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      Charles writes:

      I found a great way of hanging ship bells. I have a Co. in Riverside, Calif. The name is H & K Metal Suppliers. #2727 Main St. Riverside, Calif. 92501. Phone # is 1-800 323-0829… Local # is 951-683-3787. They sell a solid steel L shaped bracket. It is the best way I have found to hang a ships bell, from a chain from ceiling. It is called #606 Powerstrut Angle Bracket. They sell for about $4.00 plus tax. The Co takes Visa card. I do not know if they will ship.. I order them, & when I have business in the big city I drop by get them. Also for Ref; # ZZZ00329, this maybe a stock #.

      This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.
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    • #14237
      maxkurillo
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      Hi Charles, Thank you for your remarks on “bronze Mexican Mission bells”. I am about to send in an article to the BellTower on these bells titledβ€œMexican” type souvenir bells would like to have your input, It would just make the article more verifilable. Of course you will recieve credit for anything published. I have a deadline of Dec. 5 2008 You can send it through this format or contact me: maxk@cox.net. Max Kurillo

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