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    • #29629
      dongeidel
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      Hello,
      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
      dongeidel
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      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
      dongeidel
      Participant

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

    • #29832
      Neil Goeppinger
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      I assume you know this bell was made in England and is steel.

    • #29904
      jke57
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      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

    • #29971
      Neil Goeppinger
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      Your 40″ diameter bell weighs approximately 800 pounds for the bell alone, and around 1,300 pounds with all the hangings (stands, clapper, yoke, etc.). The restoration of a steel bell is pretty easy and straight forward. Disassemble the bell, have all parts sand blasted, then primer it as soon as possible so it doesn’t start to rust. It is best to primer it the day it is sand blasted. Then paint is with a good quality top coat. Almost all bells were painted black from the foundry. Then re-assemble the bell. On the limiting springs, which are inside the bell on each side of the clapper, put new leather on the ends of them. You can replace the rivets which came on them with bolts and washers to hold the leather in place. Lubricate the tops of the A frame stands where the yoke rotates. Your bell is large enough it likely will have rollers on top of the A frame stands which should be lubed with grease. Good luck.

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