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    • #12483
      halanb
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      Early C. S. Bell – Bell and Harp

      The following was a request for information about an early C. S. Bell item:

      I am looking for some help to identify and date the bell I recently purchased, the bell is made by C.S. Bell. I had sent pictures to Pete and Sandra Wilson at Prindle Station Bells and Pete thinks I have a very early C.S. Bell bell. The mystery in this is the upright is made as two pieces which seems to be very odd. Pete suggested I contact your organization for help with this as he is also stumped and is curious what I can find from your group. The bell measures 16.25″ across at the base and the height is 9″ for the bell cast only, this does not include the yoke. The top of the bell cast measures 5.25″ across. The upright inside measurement is 17.5″. Please feel free to ask any questions, and I do appreciate any help with this.

      Thanks,
      Mark W Sawyers

      Bell dimensions: 5.25″ top diameter; 16.25″ base diameter; 9″ high.

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    • #17894
      jackbell
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      Mark: Your bell was cast between 1875, when the foundry began bell production, and 1882, when the wording on the yoke was changed slightly. The early bells such as yours are rare. C S redesigned their bells around 1886 to what is commonly seen today.

    • #17895
      msawyers
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      Thanks for the reply. Is this the correct upright or harp? That seems to be the part that no one can tell me for sure. Any idea of value, and if I were to sand blast and paint would that wreak the value? I have been told that the early bells like this one would be painted black for all parts and the bell itself would be a bronze color.

      Thanks,

      Mark Sawyers
      515-669-4772

    • #17896
      jackbell
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      The upright is correct. The one most commonly seen is the 1886 redesign. Your bell is earlier. Blasting and painting won’t detract from the value but since there’s no old paint to remove, a wire brush will do fine. Use an anti-rust such as Rustoleum and brush on rather than spray. Like all antiques, the actual value is the highest price a buyer is willing to pay at auction. Watch eBay for sold prices of similar size bells in excellent condition with no missing parts, vintage antique ones, not the Prindle copies. CS bells were newly finished as you describe.

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