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    • #10430
      USNCWO
      Member

      I just got a USN bell which I beleive is a Power Boat Bell. It measures 9 3/4″ at the bell, weighs 20lbs, 9 1/2″ high, USN letters are 7/8″ high. Does anyone know where I can get a verticle brass hanger? The through bolt for mounting the hanger is 1/2″ diameter, and comes out the top of bell. Can supply pics if needed. Thank you.

      Frank

    • #12706
      hjlong3
      Participant

      If this is a cast steel bell, it was made by the CSBell Foundry during WWII. You can get a right angle mount in a hardware store or have one made from steel wrought iron.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #12707
      USNCWO
      Member

      @hjlong3 wrote:

      If this is a cast steel bell, it was made by the CSBell Foundry during WWII. You can get a right angle mount in a hardware store or have one made from steel wrought iron.
      Harry Long, MD

      It is not steel, I think it is copper.

    • #12708
      hjlong3
      Participant

      If the bell does not hold a magnet and is in fact bronze, look up inside the bell in the crown for lettering. Bronze Forecastle bells were manufactured by the Morris Greenberg Sons Foundry of San Francisco for the US Navy. Unfortunately, they were liquidated in 1970 and it may be difficult to obtain a bracket. If you enter Greenberg in the search box in the upper right corner of this page, you should be able to obtain pictures of Greenberg bells from their catalogs that might help if you need to get a bracket fabricated by a bronze founder.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #12704
      USNCWO
      Member

      @hjlong3 wrote:

      If the bell does not hold a magnet and is in fact bronze, look up inside the bell in the crown for lettering. Bronze Forecastle bells were manufactured by the Morris Greenberg Sons Foundry of San Francisco for the US Navy. Unfortunately, they were liquidated in 1970 and it may be difficult to obtain a bracket. If you enter Greenberg in the search box in the upper right corner of this page, you should be able to obtain pictures of Greenberg bells from their catalogs that might help if you need to get a bracket fabricated by a bronze founder.
      Harry Long, MD

      Harry Long, MD
      Thank you for the info. I can’t find any markings inside of the bell.

    • #12709
      USNCWO
      Member

      Here is a picture of the bell.[attachment=0:i9o2e47k]USN Bell.jpg[/attachment:i9o2e47k] Any info about it would be appreciated.

    • #12712
      RockinEZ
      Participant

      I have a very similar bell, and I am also looking for the same part.
      If you do find someone that will recreate this mounting arm please post your info.

      I believe there are several of us needing similar mounts.

      The bell is out for restoration at this time. Several former owners tried to polish it in many spots ruining the patina.
      Restoration was a good option with the damage.
      The bell will be ready Friday.
      You will notice the arm or mount is aluminum in this photo. The bell is possibly pre WWI. I would like to find a brass or bronze arm to complete the restoration.

    • #12713
      RockinEZ
      Participant


      This is the restored bell pictured in the previous post. I was able to locate a brass mounting arm from Loffeler Corp.
      I hope this helps.

    • #12711
      Willie B. Herd
      Participant

      @USNCWO wrote:

      Here is a picture of the bell.[attachment=0:2077v7la]USN Bell.jpg[/attachment:2077v7la] Any info about it would be appreciated.

      Hard to tell, but I think it’s made of brass….most likely a WW2 US Navy bell. Usually a new bell would be engraved, etc. by crew members of the ship onboard in their machine shop.

      Try bellsandbirmans.com for spare parts. 💡

    • #12705
      RockinEZ
      Participant

      I will not be using my aluminum arm pictured in the photo.
      If anyone is interested let me know. I have $40 invested. You can have it for that.
      It has been cleaned and brushed to a fine finsih. Ready for Battleship gray………

      This is more of a favor than a sale,so I hope the site forgives me.
      Mark

    • #12710
      hjlong3
      Participant

      Your aluminum mounting looks identical to the bronze mounting that would have been original. You might use it as a pattern fro a bronze casting of a similar mounting to be more authentic.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #12703
      RockinEZ
      Participant

      Mr. Long you have a great idea.
      I will look into the cost of having the piece cast in brass.
      I will post the results here in the next couple of weeks. If anyone wants a copy. I will provide vender information as I obtain it.
      Thanks
      Mark

    • #12701
      RockinEZ
      Participant

      I contacted a vendor in Tacoma Washington.
      He is willing to cast the arms in brass for a very reasonable cost.

      I informed him that there was a shortage of the mounting arm units, and he would be free to make a mold and sell these units on his own.
      The aluminum arm is heading to Washington today.

    • #12702
      RockinEZ
      Participant

      http://www.creativecastingco.com/
      Dennis Nyland is the owner. His phone number is listed on his site.
      He should have the aluminum arm for a 10″ naval bell in the next couple of days.

      If any of you fine folks are interested in obtaining a reproduction brass mounting arm for a 10″ bell, I would contact Dennis while he has my original aluminum arm.

      I know many ABA members may be interested. I don’t want to be in the middle. I do suggest that you contact Dennis directly and work out a deal with the man while he has the original. He also has my written permission to reproduce and sell as many units as he can to ABA members.

    • #12714
      hjlong3
      Participant

      If it comes out looking as good as your restored bell, you will have a fine presentation piece. There should be others out there in need of the mounting.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #12715
      RockinEZ
      Participant

      Dennis has taken some time off and I have been slacking on sending the aluminum casting out to him.
      He will be back in his office in a week or so. He should have the arm to copy by then.

      Once I get a quote I will post it if OK with Dennis.

    • #12716
      RockinEZ
      Participant

      The foundry contacted me after they received my sample.
      They are not interested unless I want to buy 100 pieces or more.
      I have not given up on the idea. Once my sample arm is returned I will keep looking for a foundry that can handle small jobs.

    • #12717
      towns03
      Participant

      Rockin,

      I just sent you an email. did you make any progress recasting that arm in bronze or brass? I need an arm and clapper for a 9″ bronze USN bell too.

      thanks!

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