I have a 14″ diameter bronze bell in it’s original wood frame with the original wood pulley. The bell is marked W.B. & B HARTFORD 1825. Could this be a William Barton and son bell? I know the bells history from the first owner to myself. Just not sure who made it. I would appreciate any input.
Probably made (or at least sold) by Ward,Bartholomew & Brainard, who in 1828 had a hardware store at #238 on the main street of Hartford. James Ward, Roswell Bartholomew and Charles Brainard were all copper-smiths, with addresses close to this store.
Thanks for the info. I am researching the lead, so far I have found that they were coppersmiths and jewelers while running the hardware store. Have not found any reference to bell making or anything in the size of this bell, aprox. 85 to 100 lbs. Will keep looking. Also will try to photo’s posted this weekend.
I dug into my garage and took photo’s, trying to post. Meanwhile I found I made a mistake on the date it is 1828 not 1825 sorry.
John: The wood wheel and hanging frame are very old home-made additions. A fourteen-inch bell would have used a smaller metal wheel or most-likely a simple lever with a hole to tie the rope.
The upright wood and pulley are original, the top and bottom cleats were nailed on in the 1980s to keep it in one piece to remove it from the cupola. The uprights were then cut and four of us carried it down and over the roof. I walked past this bell every day for over 30 years in the factory before buying it in 2012.