I am new to this website. Let me say that I have enjoyed reading many of your posts.
I have an interest in bells and in my line of work, I work for a family salvage business, I come across bells from time to time. Some I have kept as part of my collection and others I have sold. Usually I have small bells but just recently I purchased a large McShane bell. Please take a look and let me know what you can about it and if there is any idea of the value.
From the research that I have done it seems that there weren’t alot of these made each year. In case you can’t read the writing in the picture it is as follows:
Henry McShane & Co.
The bell measures 22 inches across and 20 inches high.
Based on the measurement it seems to be a school bell. (Please confirm)
Does your bell have its yoke and brackets? It is worth its weight in Bronze value. Another way of calculating value is ~$100/ inch diameter at the lip. If you have a detailed history and all of the hardware, it would be worth a bit more.
Harry Long, MD
Todd Lower of Lowerbells.com is very helpful discussing parts for bells… and in fact manufactures a yoke, wheel and stands for a bell if old parts can’t be found. His phone number is on his lowerbells.com site ….