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    • #10890
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Poboy has sent 5 pictures of his bicentennial commemorative bell. He would like to know the maker of the bell and anything else people may know about it.

      If you can help, please post a response.
      Admin

      This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.
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    • #13873
      hjlong
      Member

      The numbers on the lip are the limited edition number of this bell. I’m sorry, I do not know the manufacturer. I have a similar bell in pewter that was made by the Armetal Company of Pennsylvania with a companion plate, mug & cup. This appears to be a bronze bell rather than pewter. I’m sure that someone in the organization has more information on the manufacturer of this bell.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13874
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      BINGO!

      When I was researching another bell tonight, I found the Gorham Freedom Bell advertised on the back cover of The Bell Tower from February 1976!

      Carolyn

    • #13875
      poboy
      Participant

      @admin wrote:

      BINGO!

      When I was researching another bell tonight, I found the Gorham Freedom Bell advertised on the back cover of The Bell Tower from February 1976! You can see the ad by clicking on this link:

      http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3166/2557847476_aea4af9618_b.jpg

      Carolyn

      😀 GREAT THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH,HERMAN, POBOY

    • #13876
      lew_junior
      Participant

      Hi all,
      I have a question for H.J.Long… The putwer beel you sopke of interests me as I just bought what I believe is the same Hand Bell (with a wooden handle) at a yard sale for $2. I was wondering how much just the hand bell it’s self is worth on today’s value? Was the purchase worth the $2 (I collect bells anyway but was interested if the bells true value was of a substantial nature rather then just ornimental)?
      Thank you for your time,
      Lew.

    • #13877
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Lew,

      The unreadable fine print in the ad above says,

      The Freedom Bell Society of American, whose Honorary National Chairman is Bob Hope, is a national society of patriotic Americans who are joining together in a program to commemorate the founding of our great American nation on its 200th birthday. A percentage of the purchase price of each Freedom Bell will be used for the safeguarding of Independence Hall and other historic structures in Philadelphia and to improve their surroundings. Every purchaser of a Freedom Bell will be directly contributing to the preservation of “The Birthplace of the United States.”

      Membership in The Freedom Bell Society of America is avail to all Americans who purchase a gorham Freedom Bell, and includes a Membership Certificate, Freedom Bell Society Nessletters, and a Freedom Bell Society Decal for car or home window.

      The hundreds of thousands of Society members agree to ring a Freedom Bell on specially announced patriotic occasions throughout the year; at noon on the 4th of July, at parades and celebrations throughout the land, and at midnight on the closing of the Bicentennial Year.

      Designed as a beautiful reminder of our proud heritage, The Freedom Bell has been handsomely cast in Ameralloy, a revolutionary new metal with the glowing patina of a cherished antique. 10 !/2″ tall from the bottom to the top of its polished wood handle, it has a full-bodied tone that’s rich and resonant. Inscribed with its name and Bicentennial dates on the front, and the last words from the song America on the back, The Freedom Bell stands as a unique expression of American freedom.

      So, we know that it was made by the Gorham Company and is known as The Gorham Freedom Bell. It is made out of Ameralloy, not pewter. Also, this bell in Ameralloy sold for $19.76 in 1976. There was a limited number of bronze freedom bells made and they sold for $50.00 in 1976. I would say you did well to get yours for $2.00!

      Carolyn
      (Admin)

    • #13878
      lew_junior
      Participant

      Thank you Carolyn,
      In the same line of thought, does the alloy you mentioned appear to be pewter like in appearance? If it does then I did do good for my $2.
      Thank you,
      Lew.

    • #13879
      lew_junior
      Participant

      Once again, I have a question you may be able to awnser:

      What would the worth of this bell be today? Just wondering if I need to keep my children frm tearing it up (it’s going to be a display piece anyway).

      Lew.

    • #13880
      hjlong
      Member

      Lew,
      Sorry to get back to you so late. The Ameralloy is a type of Pewter that is harder than the antique pewter that is soft and rich in lead. This bell is worth whatever it is to you. At auction, it could bring $10-$35.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13881
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      In the advertisement from 1976 that is listed above, it says a limited number of bronze freedom bells were available at $50.00. The “regular” Gorham Freedom Bell sold for $19.76. That, of course, doesn’t necessarily represent today’s price. You say that the bronze ones were in a limited edition of 9800. That’s not really a small number of bells when you consider how many bicentennial bells of all sorts were made by many different companies. Although it’s a nice bell, it’s not all that rare.

      The ad says, “Designed as a beautiful reminder of our proud heritage, The Freedom Bell has been handsomely cast in Ameralloy, a revolutionary new metal with the glowing patina of a cherished antique. 10 1/2” tall from the bottom to the top of its polished wood handle, it has a full-bodied tone that’s rich and resonant. Inscribed with its name and Bicentennial dates on the front, and the last words from the song America on the back, The Freedom Bell stands as an expression of American freedom.”

      There are several Freedom Bells currently listed on a popular online auction site that range in asking/bidding prices from $.99 to $24.95. A brass one is listed for $19.99. You may want to follow these listings for awhile to see what they sell for today.

      Good luck!
      Carolyn

    • #13882
      amadornava
      Participant

      i would like to buy the bell is it for sale

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