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    • #12396
      AGEL
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      Hello everyone. New member here looking for input on a recent discovery. Recently found a brass or bronze WT Garratt bell. About 18 inches to 24 inches across with a cast iron clapper. The cast iron Hanger? is similar to what you see with a locomotive bell. Has the upright arm with hole for the chain or lanyard. The lower mounting cradle is missing. No date or other info noted. My main question is are these being reproduced? It does have a crack and there is a separate brass band that fits in a slot around the bottom of the bell that has come out of its retaining groove. Anyway does anyone have any info on these? Many thanks in advance

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      AGEL
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      Picture 2

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      AGEL
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      [attachment=0:3fqhkg4k]IMG_0036.JPG[/attachment:3fqhkg4k]picture 3

    • #17752
      jackbell
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      This bell is not a reproduction. The cost to cast such a bell today would be prohibitive to being able to make much profit, if any, in such a limited market. The brass band is intriguing. Would a photo of it separated from the bell be possible? Also, a photo of the yoke?

    • #17753
      AGEL
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      I will try to get a couple more pictures tomorrow night. As far as the band goes its not solid. I guess the best way to describe it would be if you had a continuous piece of a brass tubing and cut it down the middle and bent it into a circle and placed it into the grove cast towards the bottom of the bell. Maybe it was placed into the grove and heated to shrink it into place? Anyway its askew in the grove but it was tac welded into place at one point so its not removable. They also did a small tac weld at the bottom of the bell to secure the crack it has. Thanks for the reply.

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      AGEL
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      New picture

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      AGEL
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      Last picture

    • #17756
      jackbell
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      Thanks for the photos. What an odd procedure. Perhaps someone thought it would prevent the crack from spreading.

    • #17757
      AGEL
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      Does any think this might be a locomotive bell??? Many thanks

    • #17758
      jackbell
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      It was not a locomotive bell, too large. Probably used on a school, church, firehouse, or other public building.

    • #17759
      AGEL
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      Actually I gave bad info before its about 16 inches at the bottom. Thanks

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