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      Hello all…I’m brand new to this sight. I recently rescued a Vanduzen-Tift bronze bell from a local church here in Thunder Bay CANADA which has now closed.
      I’m on the property committee of my church (First-Wesley United) which will be rededicating this bell soon (I hope).
      I am trying to retrace the history of this bell to keep it’s provenance. Is there any on-line registries for my bell or is there any reference person/material out there???
      I’ve only been able to trace it back to June of 1992 when it came to Knox United church in Thunder Bay. I am told this bell was removed from a church somewhere in the US that replaced it for a carillon.
      Thanks for your time and any info would be great.


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      Carolyn Whitlock

      Welcome, Rick, to the ‘Bell Talk’ Forum! It sometimes takes awhile to learn what should be posted where. If you have not already done so, you’ll want to visit https://www.americanbell.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=639 in our “Frequently Asked Questions” section. This will tell you what information we ask people to provide in helping our Forum members identify people’s bells.

      Ordinarily, your question would be posted under “Big Bells.” If you haven’t already done a search of our site for information about VanDuzen & Tift bells, I suggest you go to our “search” feature at the top of the page in the red strip and see what you can find. This information will not include records of provenance but it will tell you about the company that made the bell.

      Having said that, I know of no registries telling the provenance of specific bells. I suspect others may have some advice for you as to how to pursue your investigation. For instance, you may find that your local historical society or town history section of your public library may have some records that indicate from whom the bell was bought, when and/or how it came to the church (a generous donor, perhaps), how much the church paid for it, and/or a general history of the bell.

      Good luck!

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