New C.S. Bell owner, clapper question
June 28, 2010 at 11:54 pm #11240
I know own my first bell. My wife’s grandparents had a bell in their front yard, 16″ I’d guess, and I
decided I wanted a bell. I finally mentioned it to a friend and he found this for me. It looks like
it says O S Bell, but there is no doubt it’s C S Bell #5. The yoke was obviously fixed, and they didn’t
do it very straight, but I’m guessing it will still swing ok. The clapper is missing, I’m going to come
up with something, but my big question is:
How heavy should the clapper be?
Any particular diameter?
Another question is where should the clapper strike? I have a pretty could guess, rather far out
on the bell. (May an inch or two from the edge)
And out of curiosity, how old is it? It seems to be an older one, 1875-1882?
No clapper, no A-frames.
Thanks for your help!
June 28, 2010 at 11:55 pm #14881
June 28, 2010 at 11:55 pm #14882
June 29, 2010 at 12:42 am #14883
Dave: It’s an early CS. In 1882 all bell components were redesigned and the lettering was changed to CS Bell Company. The clapper ball should be about 3 1/2 inches in diameter and strike the thickest part of the lip. You can probably see on close examination worn areas where the original clapper struck. The crooked yoke repair might cause a problem with rotation. Old A frames turn up occasionally on eBay but I’d find a good machine shop to design a pair along with a clapper. Fortunately the wheel is intact. Most are damaged or missing.
June 29, 2010 at 9:39 pm #14880
You also might consider selling this bell and finding one in better condition. CS bells 20-30 inches are still fairly plentiful. Even after spending money on replacement parts I doubt this bell will be functional because of the crooked yoke repair.
June 30, 2010 at 2:25 am #14879
I took the yoke off, turned out to be a lot easier than I imagined. With the loose yoke I’ll play around with a mounting and try to make sure it won’t bind too much. I’m planning on doing a wood frame to support the bell which should make it a little easier to tweak the locations of the supports to minimize any binding. Maybe someday a good #5 yoke will turn up with a bad bell! Worse case I can have the bell stationary and swing the clapper.
I’ve located a steel ball just over 3.5 inches. It weighs almost 6 1/2 pounds! I will probably try to make a clapper using that, I hope it’s not too heavy.
I’ve got a few other projects going on, and I’m pretty good at procrastinating too, so if a good deal turns up for bell in better condition I may just ‘trade up’. I don’t seem to run across any, but I’ll have my friend keep an eye out.
Thanks for the help!
June 30, 2010 at 12:17 pm #14878
Watch eBay. Steel schoolhouse bells like yours turn up frequently. Good luck with your project.
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