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    • #29629

      I am seeking any information on the history and provenance of the following bell: “Naylor & Vickers Co. No. 483.” It also has cast on it the date 1858,”Sheffield,” and “E.Riepe’s Patent.”
      Thank you.

    • #29630

      The date is consistent with the serial number, but otherwise this bell is unknown to the keepers of records of Naylor Vickers bells. Where is it located, what is its diameter in inches, and what is already known about it?

    • #29631

      The bell is at the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge near Willows, California, in an area of the refuge not accessible to the public. The diameter across the mouth is 22″. The clapper is attached. I am guessing the bell was brought in by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s when they set up camp to build the refuge.

    • #29633

      That’s a plausible scenario, but it means we’ll likely never know anything further.

      Based on the date of the bell, it probably arrived in San Francisco as part of a bulk shipment to the Naylor Vickers agent there, but it’s anyone’s guess as to who might have bought it from that agent.

      Can you supply photos showing the inscriptions? It would be interesting to compare their style with that of other NV bells of that period.

    • #29637

      Here’s an overall shot. I can provide detailed photos if needed.

    • #29832
      Neil Goeppinger

      I assume you know this bell was made in England and is steel.

    • #29904

      I am researching the bell at Central Congregational Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. Around the top it is marked “Sheffield – E. Riepe’s Patent – Cast Steel – 1860 – Naylor Vickers & Co.” In the middle it is marked “No. 1388”. The bell is about 40 inches in diameter and is about 36 inches tall. Any information about the history of this bell would be appreciated. Also, what is the approximate weight for a bell of this size? Finally, any advice on restoring and moving this bell would be appreciated.

      Yours very truly,
      John Etter
      Trustee, Central St Matthew United Church of Christ
      New Orleans, Louisiana
      E-Mail: etter.jke57@gmail.com

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