Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums Large Bells New Bell Owner and have some Questions

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    • #23765
      katesbell
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      I just receive, as a gift, a 20” C.S. Bell and matching yoke. It looks to be in good condition but will need cleaning, repainting and mounting. I want to be able to ring it! It does not have any type of frame, or the associated wheel / handle. I’m seeking some suggestions about mounting – elevated high between two posts or maybe on a “A” frame with a wooden base or ?? Also need to get or fabricate a handle – any suggestion? Should the handle be mounted to the square on the shaft or on the bolt between the two nuts on top?

      Some other questions – on the inside of the bell I can faintly see something like: 6 8¯ 1 C (heavily corroded, reading the digit’s with the bell in the normal hanging position) is this a date code, maybe June 8th of 1910? The yoke on this bell reads: THE C.S.BELL CO 20 HILLSBORO. O. and on the other side No.20 YOKE. The bell also has 20 cast on the outside top near to the yoke mount. The clapper seems to be different than all the others I’ve seen. It is cast, square in cross section and rectangular in length rather than a small round shaft with a sphere at the end. It has the following clearly cast on its side: 24-17-98. Is this a date code and what about the different shape?
      Thanks in advance for your suggestions and comments.

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    • #23770
      katesbell
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      Photos of clapper and bell

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    • #23914
      Neil Goeppinger
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      First, the clapper is not original to the bell. It is likely from a bronze bell and was moved to this bell when the original was lost or damaged. As to the coding, I can’t help you there. To my knowledge there was not dating code cast into C. S. Bell Co. bells. The “20” was the diameter of the opening of the mouth of the bell, and was cast into the various parts so they would assemble the correct parts with the correct bell. As to the location of mounting an arm to swing your bell, on a bell of this size it should go on the square part of the yoke to the side of the bell, not on the bolt on the top of the bell. If it had a wheel originally, that is where it would have been mounted also.

    • #23923
      katesbell
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      This is a photo of the square / rectangular clapper with numbers.

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    • #24047

      I agree with Neil, but I have to add that I’ve never seen a clapper like that on any bell.

    • #24058
      lowerbells1
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      lowerbells can provide stands and a wheel for that size bell

    • #29706
      fracas666
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      I believe that the clapper is a “VISIBLE GAS PUMP HANDLE.”

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