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    • #12214

      I have a bell that was badly damaged when it fell from steeple when old historic church(1882) burned. Trying to decide how to repair.
      Printing on yoke; the c. s. bell co. 24 hillboro, o.
      Other side of yoke; no. 24 yoke
      Printing on top of bell; 24
      Printing on inside of bell; 1 2 13 13 0

      1 2 13 (3/4 inch tall) 13(1 inch tall) 0(1/2 inch tall)
      Printing on side of aframe support; No. 22-24
      Bell and steeple were added to church in 1913 so know bell was cast jan. 2 1913; don’t know what second 13 or 0 mean.?????? if someone knows.
      Would this bell be a type of cast iron or cast steel?
      Would the rope wheel have straight spokes or the curved type of spokes? This wheel was broken badly and they threw pieces away. This will have to be replaced.
      Bell has 2 long cracks, each about 12 inches long, running from rim up toward top of bell.
      Any information or ideas on repair will be appreciated

    • #17364

      Richard: The date is 12/13/13. The zero is apparently an error by the person who constructed the mold. 24 indicates the approximate diameter of the bell’s mouth in inches. 22-24 are sizes the A frame was designed to carry. Some Hillsboro bells had straight spokes and some had curved. Wheels for very large bells were constructed of wood. It is cast steel but unfortunately if the bell itself is cracked even a hairline the resonance is destroyed and cannot be restored.

    • #17365
      Willie B. Herd

      It’s most likely cast iron….which can be welded, but is expensive.

    • #17366

      Does anyone know for sure if this bell cast iron or cast steel?

    • #17367
      Neil Goeppinger

      All bells made by the C. S. Bell Co. were cast steel. They made a point of stating that in their advertisments. If you type the name of the foundry in the search blank in the upper right corner, you should get a lot of information as they made more bells than any other foundry in the U.S. Unless you are sentimentally attached to this particular bell, it would be less expensive to buy an undamaged one than to repair this one. By the way, the man’s name was Charles Singleton Bell and he was Scotch, thus the name of the firm. He also made agricultural implements and counter hand crank meat grinders. — Neil Goeppinger

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