Our church bell is a Naylor – Vickers cast. It was cast in 1860 and is marked with a cast number of 1782 . It also is marked with using the Riepe patent, which I understand was a German patent for a clay mold. We are trying to find as much information as we can. Was this bell cast in Sheffield England as on the bell, or was it cast in U. S. and only says Sheffield as that was where Naylor Vickers was originally located. Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Can we find out what month it was cast and when and how was it shipped to U.S. Also trying to find out how the bell might have been purchased and orginal cost. Thanks
This bell was cast in Sheffield, England, and almost certainly was sold through one of the American subsidiaries or agents of Naylor Vickers. If you will tell us the name and location of your church, I may be able to suggest which of those agents was the most likely channel for the sale.
Unfortunately, month of production, cost and details of transport are not generally available, though occasionally they may be found in the archives of the purchasing church.
Thanks for taking time and interest to reply. Our Church is Trinity United Church of Christ, in Thornville, Ohio. Our bell might have had another owner since our church was built after 1860. But not sure.