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    • #11820
      wolfhound
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      I am trying to get a handle on the value of a original full size el camino real bell. Have any been sold privately or at auction in the reasonable past? Any help or contacts that could help would be much appreciated. Thanks.

    • #16505
      Carolyn Whitlock
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      By full size, do you mean the 9″ El Camino Real Guide Post Bell or do you mean the 13.5′ Tall El Camino Real Bell? If you go to the California Bell Company website at http://shop.californiabell.com/main.sc, you will see the 13.5 foot bell for sale. If you go to http://www.californiabell.com/inventory/, you will see that they also sell the 9″ desk bell. The desk bells are frequently for sale on that popular online auction site. I’ve never seen a 13.5 foot version for sale anywhere other than on the California Bell Company site.

      Now, if you’re talking about just the big bell that once hung along the El Camino Real but is not with the post it hung from, I am unaware that they were ever sold as a single item. Probably many were stolen. I’m going to yield to Max or someone else to comment on that!

      Carolyn

    • #16506
      maxkurillo
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      Hi wolfhound,
      Do you want to buy one or sell one? Max Kurillo

    • #16507
      wolfhound
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      Hi Max

      Sorry I was away for some time and missed your post earlier. Possibly to sell. – wolfhound

    • #16508
      maxkurillo
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      Hi Wolfhound,Since you stated you have an “original”, you know the differnt types of bells that are on the Camino Real. Not all roadside bells are Forbes type. Around the botom of the rim, on the back side, it should have some cast in words with Mrs Forbes name. I assume it does not have a clapper. The paint shoud be in good condition. A picture would be most helpful. As far as selling this bell; during the past few years only one has come up for bid on ebay, The California Bell Co (CBC) has sold quite a few, check with, John Kolstad, at CBC. By the way where are you located? Just the bell would sell for around $400-$500, shipping becomes the problem at 87# its not easy to package and ship. If you have room at your residence install it, a wonderful conversation piece. Or give it to a museum, if you do that contact me and I will give you a letter of worth (but I must have a picture of it first) so the museum can give you a reciept for a IRS deduction. Hope this will help, if you have any more questions or wish to discuss this more I will be here for you. Max

    • #16509
      wolfhound
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      Max – Thanks for your reply. Attached is an image and I have more available. It might be easier to take this offline if you prefer. My email is wolfchorus@gmail.com. Thanks again for your time. wolfhound (actually, I do not seem to be able to attach the image, but it has the cast words on the backside rim, “COPYRIGHTED 1906 BY MRS. A. S. C. FORBES”)

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