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    • #12163
      Trevine
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      I have come across this nice bell and was wondering if the folks here could give me some perspectives. I am a total newbie to the bell world so bear with me. I will also say that it is being shipped after purchase so I do not have it in possession yet and all I have are these few pictures.

      I origianlly bought this bell for the intrigue and antiquity of it. It looks to be very old and has the Meneely Bell Co Troy NY on it. There are some other numbers and such on it but I didnt notice a particular date anywhere. It probably weighs around 200-250 pounds and on a specially made roller base. I was curious as to the Clermont etching. I certainly doubt it was on the famous Clermont steamship but I did run across the notion that the bell was used in the movie “Rough Riders” although there is no certificate of authenticity. My guess is that is a very old bell and likey purchased as the movie prop and ‘Clermont” was etched in for the movie.

      It is a very nice piece and definitely caught my eye and why I purchased it.

      However, I am also one to know that only the market can tell what something is worth. I have done a lot of internet research on Meneely, Clermont, etc but can any of you provide your insight as to the age, condition, and perhaps even a value guess on something like this?

      Thanks

    • #17234
      jackbell
      Participant

      Clermont might indicate something other than the steamship. The “Meneely Bell Co” logo dates it after 1878. The stands are not original and appear to have been designed from machine parts, perhaps by the same person who inscribed the bell. Here’s a Meneely advert showing the design of their stands.

    • #17235
      Trevine
      Member

      Any one care to estimate what it’s worth?

      Also, I am debating whether or not to get it polished. Is it worth more as is or refinished?

    • #17236
      jackbell
      Participant

      Leave the patina if you intend to sell. A high polish doesn’t appeal to everyone. It’s going to bring less without all the original mounting hardware and the Clermont inscription will be considered damage by some collectors. It’s only worth the highest amount a buyer is willing to pay, simple but true.

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