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    • #26809
      muddybell
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      I was just given the bell that was used by my great-grandmother (and possibly before her) on my family’s homeplace. My family doesn’t seem to know a ton about it, and I was wondering if y’all could help.

      Pictures are attached, but the basic stats are:

      Weight = 57.2 lbs
      Max Diam = 18″
      Height (not incl yoke) = 11″

      Thank y’all in advance, and I’m happy to get more information if needed (and if possible).


      AFTER THIS, I’ll ask the best way to restore this bell and start using it again.

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    • #26821
      muddybell
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    • #26822
      jeffhurl
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      Does it look like this one?

      Link to bell

      If so, it could be a C.S. Bell Co No.3

      • This reply was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by jeffhurl.
    • #26825
      muddybell
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      Thanks, Jeff.

      It looks a good bit like that CS Bell No 3 you linked, and I have attached a side by side of that sale listing and my bell which shows that the “3” on the yoke are virtually identical. My bell lacks all that other text, though.

      The date of the listing you sent matches the date of this bell according to my family (late 1800s). Also all the dimensions match.

      I guess that answers it!

      NEXT QUESTIONS
      What’s the proper way to restore and start using the bell again?
      Is there any significance to a CS Bell No 3?

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    • #26826
      jeffhurl
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      I’m sure someone with more knowledge will chime in… I’m a complete newbie, but have been researching quite a bit this week, as I’ve come into possession of a similar, but smaller, bell.

      It looks like your yoke has been welded up in a repair. It’s possible the result of the weld, and a few coats of paint have obscured the lettering. Or it’s possible it’s a bell another foundry made to the same specs.

      I have scoured mine with a wire brush as I rinse away the rust with clean water. Mine was a lot more rusted than yours. I also plan to use Evapo-rust, then hit it with a good rust inhibiting primer and a top coat of something meant for heavy use on iron.

      Please note, that I have zero cost, and zero sentimental value in my bell. So you’d probably be wise to seek better advice than mine 😉

      And, you are in the same boat as me… missing the upright that holds the yoke. I am fairly certain that my bell was made by C.S. Bell also, but I have a No.1. Prindle Station has uprights that you can buy. I would assume the F-3 that they make and sell would fit your bell.

      Good luck. I have to admit, that I’m kind of geeked up about bells right at the moment.

      • This reply was modified 1 year, 10 months ago by jeffhurl.
    • #26828
      muddybell
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    • #26841
      jeffhurl
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      My refinish project is complete. I used a wire brush and water to clean it up the best I could, then soaked it in Evap-o-Rust for a few hours using paper towels to hold the liquid to the metal. I had to “baste” it quite often, and had the bell down inside a plastic tub. It would have taken many gallons to completely submerge, so I decided to use paper towels. Honestly, the product didn’t remove as much rust as I thought it would, but it did make a huge difference. I think it would have worked better to have it completely submerged, but that would have cost at least $100 more than the one gallon that I used.

      The top nut came off easily after the rust was dissolved away, which made it pretty simple to disassemble and lay the bell out for spray paint.

      I rinsed off the EvapoRust, then used compressed air to dry everything out before painting. I used a flat black primer/Paint combo that was fast drying and rust inhibiting.

      I just ordered a new upright from Prindle Station. I received shipping notification within a few minutes of placing my order.

      Good luck with your project!

    • #26867
      Carolyn Whitlock
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      MuddyBell,

      If you haven’t already done so, I suggest you spend some time reading through the forum at:

      Repair, Restoration, Parts, Cleaning

      Carolyn

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