Value of C. S. Bell bell
February 27, 2008 at 4:40 am #10811AnonymousInactive
John in Sacramento writes:
I recently inherited a bell and was wondering if you could give me any information, including possible value. Here is the description: C. B. Bell & Co. #4 Hillborogh O. 1889 No. 4 Yoke 20 in. diameter Cast Iron
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February 27, 2008 at 7:28 pm #13632
Just Google CS Bell Co Hillsboro. There are websites with the company’s history. Farm (or dinner) bells were mass-produced in several sizes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by several US foundries. They are still fairly plentiful and sell frequently on eBay. Yours is the largest size and in good condition is worth around $300. Reproductions have been made in the last 20 or so years but they have an inferior sound to the old bells.
April 13, 2009 at 1:59 pm #13633Ken SParticipant
I have a like bell. An article in Bell Talk of 4-18-08 by a Mr. John Eachus lists a good value to be “around $650”. Why is there such a difference in price? Have they now increased in value? Thank you–
April 13, 2009 at 4:30 pm #13634
Ken: In the midwest and south farm bells are still fairly plentiful but being the nation’s chief agricultural regions in the 19th century that is probably where most of them were originally purchased. Perhaps in other areas such as the east or west coasts they are more scarce which might explain the higher prices. Here’s a photo of an early, circa 1875, number 4 Hillsboro (CS Bell) complete and without damage that I bought a month ago for $150.
April 20, 2009 at 1:00 pm #13635Carl Scott ZimmermanParticipant
Thank you for posting this photo, lucky13! Out of 30 Hillsboro bells that I have located in the region of Saint Louis, only two are marked simply “C.S.Bell”, and both are in the same design as all of the later Hillsboro bells. So your photo is the first evidence I’ve seen of an earlier style.
The simple shape of the yoke seems to be distinctive. However, the side frames are reminiscent of other inverted-heart designs that I’ve occasionally seen. Do they bear any identifying markings?
April 20, 2009 at 10:23 pm #13636
Here’s a photo of the clapper. It consists of 2 parts. This is only the second very early CS bell I’ve seen in 5 decades of bell interest. The side stands are not marked but look similar to stands cast by Foote Foundry in Fredericktown, Ohio. The inverted heart was a Gould design (Seneca Falls, NY).
August 13, 2009 at 3:25 am #13637kc342001Participant
I just came upon two bells. One is identical to the photo. It has C.S Bell on the left side of the yoke ( as you are looking at the yoke) and the other side Hillsboro’ O. The other small bell No. 1 Yoke 1886 the other side of the yoke C.S Bell Co.
I don’t much about the history, for these belonged to my grandmother. I will post pictures soon, so maybe someone can help me out with more info. Thanks
August 13, 2009 at 4:09 am #13638AnonymousInactive
If you go to the section of the “Bell Talk” Forum entitled “Bell Foundries, Manufacturers, and Artisans” – viewforum.php?f=5 – you will find a lot of postings about C. S. Bell Co. bells.
August 13, 2009 at 3:21 pm #13639kc342001Participant
Thank YOu for your assistance. I noticed this is almost the exact same C.S. Bell, it measures 20″ in diameter, but the only difference in the center of the yolk it has the number 3 1/2. It reads C.S. Bell one side then Hillsboro’ O. on the other. I am trying to get the year this might have been made.
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