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    • #11426

      Bob in Poughkeepsie writes:

      Hello. I really need your help. I just purchased a set of antique bronze tubular church altar chimes mounted on a shield-shaped oak wooden board. The shield has a metal easel-back so it can be stood up when the chimes are tapped with a mallet. There are 3 different length tubular chimes, with 4 different bronze plates showing a church function in between the chimes. These were manufactured by J.C. Deagan, and have several patent dates going into the late teens or early 1920’s. I have not been able to find any realized prices in the marketplace for my chimes, which make a wonderful sound. A friend recently told me the chimes are quite valuable, but I don’t know anything about them. Can you please tell me anything you can about my altar chimes including their current value? Thank you so much for your patience and your very kind attention on this matter. Bob

      I asked for a picture, which he sent along with some more information:

      There are 3 bronze tubular-shaped chimes. The center chime measures about 12 and 1/2″ long x 2″ wide.

      The other 2 chimes measure 10″ x 2″ and 8″ x 2″.

      In between these chimes are 4 bronze metal plates. Each has the name of a different church service function. They include Communion, Consecration, Sanctus, and Offertory.

      The chimes are attached to a shield-shaped, standup oak wood backing, which measures about 14″ x 11″.

      If you can help, please post a response.
      Admin (Carolyn)

      This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.

    • #15738

      Deagan made various sets of chimes. This set obviously is used in religious services. A four chime set was commonly used in hotels, railroads, and passenger ships to notify people of activities. I would estimate a value of $150-$200 for this chime.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #15739

      An ABA member sent me a note saying he has a set of chimes identical to this one that he bought on ebay for $90.

      Admin (Carolyn)

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