This bell sits in front of my house. It was cast as one solid piece. The top of the yoke reads: W.E.G on one side, and 1862 on the other, with a big G in the middle. The upright at the bottom reads: Settlers on one side and Chow Bell on the other. An Eagle sits atop the yoke. I know nothing about it other than we had to secure it with a chain to keep the “trash” from trying to steal it for scrap. We did not damage it by securing it, only used openings available on it. I am not sure if I need to take it and have it appraised, but it seems to be authentic since it is cast in one piece, and it definitely has age and wear. I can not find information on a company that has the initials W.E.G., and with the G in the middle I am assuming it is someones initials. The only name that I come up with is William E Gladstone associated with that year. Any help would be appreciated.
There is a WEG foundry in Brazil in operation since 1961 but it produces automotive components. This bell has the appearance of a yard or patio ornament made in the late 20th century despite the worn look and date.