• This topic has 4 replies, 3 voices, and was last updated 12 years ago by Anonymous.
Viewing 4 reply threads
  • Author
    Posts
    • #10955
      n5pne
      Member

      where do you find out about how old a bell might be I have a bell but can not find a date on it there is a number 12 on the swing arm and number 2 on the arm that holds the ringer thats the only thing i found. also on the swing arm there is a foundery name of ( american bell and foundery of northvillie mich) the bell weights with the swing arm around 50lbs and is 15 1/4 ” around and is 13″ high and is cast iron.
      n5pne[attachment=2:39moz7zb]bell3.jpg[/attachment:39moz7zb][attachment=1:39moz7zb]bell1.jpg[/attachment:39moz7zb]

    • #14059
      hjlong
      Member

      A picture would be most helpful. In the absence of a picture it is difficult to answer your question. A more detailed description of the bell would also be helpful: what is it made of (iron, bronze, or brass), dimensions, weight, etc.
      HJLong, MD

    • #14060
      n5pne
      Member

      Hubby says the bell is made of Cast Iron. He also posted 2 pictures. Thanks for any help you can give us. My father told me this bell came from the family lands in Mississippi. He always said it was there when my Great Grandfather owned the property. 🙂

    • #14061
      hjlong
      Member

      This is a typical farm bell that was designed and produced by Charles Singleton Bell (CSBell Co.) for various distributors. I’m not sure of the connection between CS Bell Co and American Bell Foundry, but the bell design is clearly of the CS Bell design. The current owner of the patterns is Prindle Station.
      HJLong, MD

    • #14062
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Response from Bill:

      We lived in Northville, MI for 18 years and had one of these bells in our yard. When we moved to TN we donated our large church bell to the Historical Society in town. They were delighted with our gift.

      The American Bell & Foundry was orginated by Frank S. Harmon in 1899. The company made bells of all sizes for churches, schools, farms and factories. Their most popular bell was the dinner bell.

      Actually, the bells were made in Northville even before the American Bell & Foundry was started. Evidence suggests that the casting of bells began in 1895 as part of the Globe Furniture Co. foundry operation.

      If you contact the Northville Historical Society and ask for a copy of the June 1982 Mill Race Quarterly, it will give you most of the information you are looking for. GOOD LUCK

      BJMartin

      This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.

Viewing 4 reply threads
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.