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      Carolyn Whitlock
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      Dean in Virginia asks:

      I am looking for a rough estimate of the value for the Great Falls Paterson Bell in NJ for the National Park Service. THIS IS A 28″ CAST BRONZE BELL WITH RAISED LETTERS READING: “TROY BELL FOUNDRY, JONES COMPANY, TROY, N. Y. 1871”. IT IS HUNG WITH A “PATENT ROTARY YOKE” WITH “350” STAMPED INTO IT AND RESTS AN A FRAME MEASURING 35″ WIDE X 28″ DEEP X 24″ HIGH. THE A FRAME IS MOUNTED TO A 7′ X 7′ X 22″ CONCRETE BASE WITH IMBEDDED STONE. a photo is available at: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/paterson-great-falls-national-historical-park-paterson?select=-dxfQvcan3G_z_1psxHoPA#-dxfQvcan3G_z_1psxHoPA I was referred to you by US Bells. Any info you can provide would help. Thank You Dean

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      Neil Goeppinger
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      I would put it at between $4,000 and $4,500 for insurance. You can go to either Brosamer’s Bells or Lower’s bells to see what is for sale and how much they are asking, or go on ebay and see what bells have sold for. You can’t go by what they are asking as they are often exceedingly high in what they place for “buy it now” on large bells. A 28″ diameter bell by Jones and Co has 450 lbs of bronze. You can google the value of bronze on any given day and thus get the scrap value of the bell, which is going to be higher than you might think. That is why you need to insure it. — Neil

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