I am looking for any information you might be able to share on a few bells we have.
The first one you see is supposed to have come from the First United Methodist Church in Helena, AR.
We purchased it many years ago from an antique/junk dealer. On one side the word steel is visible and the other side the letters boro o are visible all the other letters are covered up by a repair.
the second one is pretty obvious … it stamped national bell foundry co, cincinnati, oh
if anyone has any info on the company or the bell it would be appreciated
our third bell has no markings… so all good guesses are appreciated
The first one appears to be a CS Bell, Hillsboro, OH and is a cast steel bell. It should have a number in the center of the yoke that gives the size of the bell. The second one is also likely a cast steel bell (the magnet test will confirm it) and is from the manufacturer listed on the yoke. The third appears to be bronze and I cannot tell from its appearance who the manufacturer is. A close-up of the bell and its crown may be helpful. It could be a Vanduzen. Measurements would help also. Information about these manufacturers is available elsewhere on this website.
Harry Long, MD
These pictures are quite helpful. The mounting and the design of the skirt are not typical of any of the American Bell Founders. They could be English. I would be interested in the opinions of some of our large bell experts.
Harry Long, MD