First Parish in Plymouth, Massachusetts, has in its bell tower a bell with the following inscription: Cast by Paul Revere and Sons 1801; Recast by Blake Bell Co. 1896. We know that the original Revere bell cracked when the fourth Pilgrim meetinghouse burned down on Nov. 22, 1892. Was the Revere Co. no longer in business in 1896? Is there any way that Revere’s original mold could have been used in the recasting? Is our recast bell technically not considered to be a Revere Bell?
A picture would be informative. Your bell was originally cast by Revere Bell Foundry and recast after it was damaged. Hopefully, it was recast to look like the original Paul Revere Bell. The Revere legacy was followed by Hooper, Blake and other Bell Foundries. Others on this forum can give you more information on the history of the Revere Foundry and its off-spring.
Harry Long, MD
Paul Revere cast Bronze Bells from 1787-his death in 1818. Joseph Warren Revere joined his father in Revere & Son in 1804. In 1828 Revere & Son merged with James Davis & Son Brass Foundry to form Revere Copper Company. Revere Copper Company produced copper sheeting and eventually Stainless Steel Clad Copper cookware. Paul Revere III, William Blake and Henry Northey Hooper apprenticed to Paul Revere and continued his bell foundry as Boston Copper Company from 1823-1830. The company became H. N. Hooper & Co. from 1830-1868. It became William Blake & Co.from 1869-1890, and subsequently Blake Bell Co. 1890-1898.
Harry Long, MD