Does anyone know of an bells for sale with Revere cast on the bell?
Those known to exist are in public buildings such as churches, museums, and a few are in private collections. Good luck!
really are they that hard to find?
Paul Revere only cast a little more than 100 bells in his career with the foundry and many of the smaller ones were not trademarked. After Paul’s death in 1818 his son Joseph operated the foundry until 1843 but even these later bells are extremely scarce.
Glad Tiding Church in St. Quincy Ma sold a 39 inch revere bell sold on 4/9/13 ,The records say the bell was cast in 1832 ,is undated ,not in the Revere Catolog .Bell must have been one of the last bells cast with the name Revere.
I would think with Revere cast on the bell it was made by Revere… some collectors claim to have a Revere Bell with NO name on it.
This bell has revere boston on the bell
Regarding some bells being claimed to have been made by Revere but without the Revere name on them, that is not as uncommon as you might think. Almost all large church bells were not cast until an order was placed for their purchase, but small bells were often cast and kept on hand for sale for river boats, bridges, factories, plantations, etc. as orders came in. The buyers didn’t want to wait until the bell molds could be made and the bell cast, they wanted the bell soon. There wasn’t great pride in the ownership of these bells as there was with the large church bells, nor was the price so high. Since the foundry owner didn’t know what year the bell would be sold, the date and often any other inscription was left off of the bells. These bells made by foundries which normally put their name on their bells were smaller bells, normally under 25″ in diameter. — Neil Goeppinger