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    • #11983
      bellboy2012
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      I know the C.S. Bell Co never dated their bells, but I came upon a listing that offers a time line for these bells according to the raised lettering on the yoke. The determining factor is how the company’s name was presented on the yoke. Accordingly, it is at least possible to determine the time period with which the bell must have been made. That is because the name of the firm changed as follows:

      If the yoke reads, “C.S. Bell” the bell was made between 1875 – 1882 during Single Proprietorship.
      If the yoke reads, “C.S. Bell & Co” the bell was made between 1882 – 1894 during Partnership.
      And if the yoke reads, “The C.S. Bell Co” it was made between 1894 – 1970s during the company’s Corporation years.

      Can anyone confirm or disprove this hypothesis? I’m curious if this is actually a valid way to approximate the age of C.S. bells.
      Thanks,
      Bellboy2012

    • #16823
      Carolyn Whitlock
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      The good people at PrindleStation.com may be able to help you. They own the molds from which C.S. Bell Co. bells were (are) made. If you haven’t been to their website, you may want to check it out. They have a page on the history of the C.S. Bell Co.

    • #16824
      bellboy2012
      Participant

      Carolyn,

      Thanks, I have been to PrindleStation.com. In fact, I just ordered a crank and clapper from them for my C.S. Bell #2 that I’m restoring. Definitely some good info on their website. Maybe I’ll send them a link to this thread. Still wondering if any one here on this forum can verify the identification system I posted.

    • #16825
      Frank T.
      Participant

      I have read the same thing while researching the history of C S Bell. Would agree this is a good way to get a idea of when C S Bell bells were manufactured.

      Frank T.

    • #16826
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      @bellboy2012 wrote:

      Carolyn,

      Thanks, I have been to PrindleStation.com. In fact, I just ordered a crank and clapper from them for my C.S. Bell #2 that I’m restoring. Definitely some good info on their website. Maybe I’ll send them a link to this thread. Still wondering if any one here on this forum can verify the identification system I posted.

      The folks at Prindle Station are members of the American Bell Association and they do read and post on this forum. Of course, there is no way of knowing how often they (or anyone else) read the forum. They’re good people and have been of a lot of help to us.

      Carolyn

    • #16827
      huge bell
      Participant

      LARGE CS BELLS SOMETIME HAVE THE DATE ON THE INSIDE WITH NUMBERS ONLY

    • #16828
      LStevens76
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      Hello all! I am a new member and was needing some help if possible. I have a C.S Bell no 4 from 1889 that was my fathers. This is special bell to me and became in his possession from north Vietnam during his time their with S.O.G in the 60’s. I have tried to do some research and there’s not much out there. I went to Prindlestation and read its history but don’t see this particular part on my yolk on their site. Can anyone help me? The bell does not have the clapper upright and crank. I would like to know what this bell was originally for and what parts I need to bring it back to its original state.

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