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.
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