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    • #12569
      tomantrim
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      I have had this bell for awhile and need to know something about it.

    • #17988
      Neil Goeppinger
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      Your bell is made of bronze, and has no name of the foundry or year of casting, unless it is on the side away from the camera. From the mountings I am guessing your bell is 22″ in diameter or smaller. There were foundries which made bells without any inscription, but that was rare in bronze bells (it was more prevalent in iron and steel bells). The top of your bell is shaped like the top of bells made by William Kaye of Louisville, Ky, but I can’t make out from your picture if your bell has an indention on the outside of the sound bow which that firm’s bells had. A close up picture of the bottom 1/4 of the outside of the bell would show that. — Neil

    • #17990
      tomantrim
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      Thank you for your reply. I bought it in KY a few years ago. The guy that I bought it off of didn’t know for sure where it was used. I didn’t know if it was off of a train or what.

    • #17991
      tomantrim
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      I looked it over and never found a name.

    • #17992
      jackbell
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      It’s too large for a locomotive bell and ship bells are usually not mounted to swing but riverboat bells are so that’s a possibility. It has the shape of a Wm Kaye bell. His foundry opened in Louisville in 1841 and shut down in 1895. I’ve never seen an untrademarked Kaye bell but there’s always a possibility.

    • #17989
      nightflier51
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      Its possible an unknown foundry used a Kyle bell for the pattern and cast it. It would be an exact replica but no name. Its old because no foundries I know would make this type of bell in the present. day.

    • #17983
      tomantrim
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      The iron on the bell is really old and pitted.

    • #17986
      tomantrim
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      I took a few close ups of the bell.

    • #17984
      Neil Goeppinger
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      I can only get one photo to open – the picture of the top. — Neil

    • #17985
      tomantrim
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      I uploaded the attachment the same way.

    • #17987
      Neil Goeppinger
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      On your picture of the outside of the sound bow, the indented band is the same as on a W. Kaye bell. Based on that and the shape of the bell’s top, I believe there is a strong possibility your bell was made by William Kaye of Louisville, especially since it came from Kentucky. — Neil

    • #17993
      tomantrim
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      Thank You

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