Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums Large Bells Need Help with bell appraisal for a large collection

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    • #12072
      bulanbells
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      I own a collection of large and small bells. I’m trying to sell them, but I have no idea what they’re worth or how to find out the values of each bell. If anyone has any information on who I should contact please let me know!
      Here’s a link to view the collection on photobucket.

      http://s1164.photobucket.com/albums/q577/bulanbells/

    • #17018
      RonaKesselman
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      Hi…you have some very nice BIG bells!

      From our FAQ section:
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      “The American Bell Association is a hobby organization for bell collectors and enthusiasts. It does not provide appraisal services for bells. We also do not have a list of certified bell appraisers to give you as a reference.

      To aid you in your quest to determine the value of your bells, you have asked if anyone could give you an opinion of the value of your bells…..Please understand that any response would be the personal opinion of the responder and s/he would not be acting as a representative of the American Bell Association.

      If you retained your purchase receipts, have books on the subject (refer to three books by Schiffer Publishing), have reviewed prices at online antique sites or local shops… you may be able to approximate values. See also our article in the “Articles About Bells” Section of this forum.

      Sometimes, it’s only after extensive time as a member, meeting with others, discussing bell purchases, that you can feel comfortable with valuations.”

      Hopefully some of our contributors will be able to offer you some other suggestions.

      Regards,

      Rona Kesselman
      American Bell Association International, Inc. (ABAII)
      2011-2012 ABAII President and
      Internet Coordinator

    • #17019
      bulanbells
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      Thank you for your response.. I’m hoping someone on here can give me some guidance on where to start. I am mailing out a check today for a subscription to American Bell magazine, if it’s like antique trader in the back of the magazine there’s references and helpful tools. Once again if anyone has in info. I’d appreciate it! Thanks!

    • #17020
      jackbell
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      You need to watch eBay sales to get an accurate idea of values. Just enter “church bell” in their search. As I’ve said before, a bell is only worth the highest price a buyer is willing to pay. The market for large bells is limited due to the weight and cost of moving them.

    • #17021
      Willie B. Herd
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      @jackbell wrote:

      You need to watch eBay sales to get an accurate idea of values. Just enter “church bell” in their search. As I’ve said before, a bell is only worth the highest price a buyer is willing to pay. The market for large bells is limited due to the weight and cost of moving them.

      Good advice JB. 8) It’s better to shop-and-compare on Ebay than pay someone $100 for an appraisal….works for me! (Searching METAL bells on Ebay would yield better results.)

      USUALLY, cast iron is worth less than cast bronze, and cast brass is worth more than bronze. Larger bells usually bring more $$$. Also, the origin and history can be a big help, try to find info. on the Maker(s) Owners, use, etc.

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