Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums Large Bells Value of a Bronze Bell

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    • #12567
      Carolyn Whitlock
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      Mac in South Carolina asks the ABA:

      May I request your help with a bronze bell that was used on the farms of my grandfather and, later, father. It was almost certainly made in either the late 1920s or very early 1930. The bell itself is 10 inches tall with a maximum diameter of 11.75 inches. It weighs around 110 pounds with the cast-iron support Would help me determine its value, if any? Also, I would like to return it to its just-from-the-factory look. Is that a bad idea? Is it possible and, if so, how? Thank you so much for your time.

    • #17981
      Neil Goeppinger
      Participant

      Before giving advice on how to restore a bell, we need to know if it is cast iron or cast bronze. Given the weight and size you quoted, I assume it is bronze as an iron bell of 11 3/4″ diameter would not weigh 110 lbs. Can you post a photo and quote any inscriptions on the bell and/or the mountings? The methods I use to restore an iron bell are very different from those I use on a bronze bell. I look forward to more information on your bell. — Neil

    • #17982
      Neil Goeppinger
      Participant

      As I re-read you original post, I can see I screwed up in that you stated that your bell is bronze. Still, photos and knowing who made the bell would help me answer your other questions. — Neil

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