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    • #23843
      BETALLMAN
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      http://www.ebay.com/ulk/itm/301791180788

      This is my first bell purchase, I’ve read through the forums but I can’t find anything on this specific bell. Can it be dated from these pictures. I’ve found information on the Frederick town foundry, but I’m hoping this isn’t a reproduction and maybe worth more than I paid $160.00. I’m not selling it-it’s going on my farm in TN. I was born in Bowing Green, OH, so I love the connection to the region of Ohio that I’m from. Thanks for your help! I’m very excited to give this to my wife for Christmas.

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    • #23915
      Neil Goeppinger
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      Unfortunately, I don’t see your pictures. What diameter is the opening of the mouth of the bell?

    • #23943
      BETALLMAN
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      The Bell measures 16″ in diameter, 47 1/8″ in circumference at bottom of bell.

    • #24046

      Can’t help you with the age, but the “2&3” on the center boss of the yoke is most unusual. It indicates that one size of yoke was made to fit two different sizes of bell. There might be a number on top of the bell itself indicating its size number. (#1 would be the smallest from the company.)

    • #24087
      Neil Goeppinger
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      Based on your pictures, there is a high probability your bell was made prior to 1880. That is based on the shape of the bell with a very small top and a short distance from top to lip. The larger church bells with this shape were made prior to the Civil War, but dinner bells like this were sometimes still made up to around 1880. Many firms changed the shape of their dinner bells at the time of the Civil War as well. I haven’t tried to figure out when this firm changed the shape of its dinner bells. — Neil Goeppinger

      • #24089
        BETALLMAN
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        Thank you, Neil! This is very exciting. Since I now have the bell in my possession I can see the “3”. Would the pole mount have been a modification post production. I have seen many bolt mount yokes, but this is the first pole mount. I’ve seen…please let me know if specific pictures would be helpful and I can post them.

    • #24148
      Neil Goeppinger
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      I don’t think the pole mount is original to your bell. All the bells I’ve seen made by this firm had the traditional cradle mount with bolt holes. It appears there are welds along the sides of the part into which the pipe is threaded or inserted. If I am correct on that, it is not original as they weren’t using welding prior to 1880. It is a nicely made mount, but I do not believe it is the original one.

    • #24149

      I concur with Neil. A size 3 bell was most likely intended to be mounted on a post. The original fork would have been cast iron, just like the yoke, and its base would have been designed to be bolted to the side of a wooden post at its top.

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