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    • #10765
      Mirleny
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      Hi,
      I will appreciate any help finding out more about this bell. I’ve own it for several years (8) but I need to part because of a move to an apartment. I plan to sell it maybe though E-bay but I don’t know its value.
      It is very heavy (around 1 ton) and is 36 inches (3 feet) tall including crown; 107 inches (almost 9 feet) in circumference at the widest point; and 62 inches (over 5 feet) in circumference at the narrowest.
      I brought it from Colombia, South America. On past research, I came upon the following info:

      Bell (3), named Marie Magdeleine, en Choux (39)

      Category : Foundry of bells
      Materials : bronze : melted
      Iconography:Christ; Calvary; Immaculate Conception; St. Laurent; decoration (borders, palmettes)
      Inscription : inscription ; inscription concerning the author
      Précision inscription : inscription : My name is MARIA MAGDALENA/in the year 1878 I was melted under the administration of MR. Victor Point, Major and of Mr. Sylvain Richard, Assistant Priest DE CHOUX (JURA) /I’ve been blessed by MR. Gaillard Chanoine of ST CLAUDE assistant for MR. P.BRENOT priest of the parish/ I had for godfather SYLVAIN RICHARD/and for godmother MARIE AMELIE MAGDELEINE POINT ; inscription regarding the author: FARNIER brothers foundry hand in ROBECOURT ET VRECOURT (VOSGES)
      Author(s) : Farnier frères (foundry of bells)
      Date of execution : lieu d’exécution : Lorraine, 88, Robécourt
      Century : 4e quart 19e century
      Date(s) : 1878
      Date protection : work not protected MH
      Legal status : community property
      Type of study : topographic inventory
      Editor name(s) : Pontefract Bernard
      Copyright : © général inventory, 1994
      Référence : IM39001023
      Consulted archive : Regional service de l’inventaire Franche-Comté
      9 bis, Rue Ch. Nodier 25043 BESANCON Cedex – 03.81.65.72.10

      Cloche (3), dite Marie Magdeleine à Choux (39)

      Catégorie : Fonderie de cloches
      Edifice de conservation : église paroissiale ; Saint-Laurent
      Matériaux : bronze : fondu
      Iconographie : Christ ; Calvaire ; Immaculée Conception ; saint Laurent ; ornementation (frise, palmettes)
      Inscription : inscription ; inscription concernant l’auteur
      Précision inscription : inscription : JE M’ APPELLE MARIE MAGDELEINE/L’ AN 1878 J’ AI ETE FONDUE SOUS L’ ADMINISTRATION DE MR VICTOR POINT MAIRE ET DE MR SYLVAIN RICHARD ADJOINT DE CHOUX (JURA) /J’ AI ETE BENITE PAR MR GAILLARD CHANOINE DE ST CLAUDE ASSISTE DE MR P.BRENOT CURE DE LA PAROISSE/J’ AI EU POUR PARRAIN SYLVAIN RICHARD/ET POUR MARRAINE MARIE AMELIE MAGDELEINE POINT ; inscription concernant l’ auteur : FARNIER FRERES FONDEURS A ROBECOURT ET VRECOURT (VOSGES)
      Auteur(s) : Farnier frères (fondeur de cloches)
      Lieu d’exécution : lieu d’exécution : Lorraine, 88, Robécourt
      Siècle : 4e quart 19e siècle
      Date(s) : 1878
      Date protection : oeuvre non protégée MH
      Statut juridique : propriété de la commune
      Type d’étude : inventaire topographique
      Nom rédacteur(s) : Pontefract Bernard
      Copyright : © Inventaire général, 1994
      Référence : IM39001023
      Dossier consultable : service régional de l’inventaire Franche-Comté
      9 bis, Rue Ch. Nodier 25043 BESANCON Cedex – 03.81.65.72.10

      It seems to match the description, but I have not been able to find out any further info on the maker, history or valuation.
      Please see the attached pictures and give me your insight.
      Your opinions will be greatly appreciated.

      [/img]http://www.flickr.com/photos/11828373@N06/

    • #13468
      lucky13
      Member

      Measure your bell’s diameter across the mouth. A hundred dollars an inch is a ball-park estimate for a bronze bell in good condition, probably more if it has historic significance. Large bells such as yours have a limited market. They are just too difficult and expensive to move. A thousand pound bell cannot be easily loaded on a pickup by 2 or 3, or even 4 people.

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