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    • #12507

      I have a 1977 ABA bell I believe it is bronze, on the bell it reads 1977 ABA Convention Canada it is of the CN tower. I havent had much luck finding any info on this bell I have had it for over 20yrs.

      Thank You

    • #17930
      Carolyn Whitlock

      Dear Dave,

      A few years ago, I researched and wrote a series of articles for the Bell Tower(R), the ABA’s official publication. Here is what I found out about the 1977 bell:

      The color picture on the left is of the natural bronze patina that may have darkened over the years. The black and white picture on the right is of the solid black-colored bell. They are the same design but have different finishes.

      1977 – 32nd Annual ABA Convention

      Description: The handle of the bell is a representation of the Canadian National Tower.
      Significance of the Handle: The C. N. Tower dominates the Toronto Skyline and was the tallest freestanding structure in the world at the time of the convention. It has a revolving restaurant and viewing platform that is open to the public. It is also an important communications tower.
      Inscription: “ABA Convention Toronto 1977”
      Material: Silicone Bronze
      Size: 6” tall x 2 3/8” diameter
      Weight: 7 ounces
      Price: $12.50 USD
      Number in Edition: 500 (numbered)
      Artisan/Maker: Cast at the foundry of the Ontario College of Art in Toronto. OCAD University has more depth and breadth in visual arts and design programs than any school of its kind in Canada. OCAD U offers its students a unique environment that combines studio-based learning with critical inquiry.
      Convention Location: Toronto, Canada
      Convention Chairmen: Martha Innes and Mr. & Mrs. C. Cuyler Page
      ABA President: Ardyce Schick

      Note: Under the ABA’s agreement with the C. N. Tower, Ltd, (who generously waived their licensing fee), the bell had to be limited to 500 and sold to A. B. A. members only.

      I have since learned that most of these bells have a black applied patina but some are bronze colored.

    • #17931

      Thank you so much for the info. Sorry it has taken me so long to respond.

      Thanks again

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