Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums Large Bells Request for information – steel bell no. 3

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    • #12599
      Mtntop
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      I found a bell in a shed in Michigan. The only markings are Steel Bell, and no. 3, the bell is 17 3/4 diameter at base.

      It is in pretty bad shape but I will try and fix it up.

      I assume it is a farm bell but would appreciate any help with further I.D.

    • #18044
      Neil Goeppinger
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      Your bell is definitely a dinner bell, often called a farm bell. The foundry name is not on the bell or mountings, and I don’t recognize the mountings as being from a specific foundry to help with identification of the maker. The small top indicates it was most likely made prior to the Civil War, but could have been made as late as 1880 due to it being a small size (a dinner bell). Church bells all switched their shape at the time of the Civil War to improve their sound, but some dinner bells were still made with the small top as a percentage of the diameter of the mouth of the bell until later because the change in shape didn’t improve their sound as much as the change did in the larger bells.

    • #18045
      Mtntop
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      Thank you for the information. I am surprised it is that old.

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