Could you tell me anything about this cast iron bell with the following markings on it:
SENECA FALLS N.Y.
GOULDS PUMPS M.F.C.
The bell is 42cm in diameter (16,5 inches) and from the yoke to the bottom of the stand the height is 52cm (20,5 inches). According to the records we have, it was acquired sometime between April 1906 and April 1908 in Merikarvia, Finland (then the Autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland, part of Russia), but we do not know from where.
Could you tell me anything about how old it is, how it might have ended up in Finland/Russia and what purpose was such a bell originally designed for?
During the previous restoration attempt in the 1950’s the bell fell and broke. Now it’s been welded back together (image) and hoisted up for it’s historical value for the village.