Who made this bell?
January 31, 2010 at 5:56 am #11328
Hello to all, I am hoping that someone may be able to help me find out who made this bell. I have an attached picture. The bell measures 22″ across at the base of the bell. The bell height is around 14″. The only mark that I can find is a number “7” that can be seen in the picture. The yoke doesn’t look like any other that I have ever seen before…and I was raised in an antique dealer/collector life style. The yoke look’s like it could be home made to me…if so, the person that made it did a very fine job of it. I would love to know more about this bell and it’s maker. Thank you very much! Steve
January 31, 2010 at 3:12 pm #15475
It’s a Foote Foundry steel bell made at Fredericktown, Oh. Check our search (top right) for info about Foote. This size (7) was common in rural schools and churches. The yoke is a replacement and there was also a rope wheel with straight spokes. Foote side supports are very ornate. Their bells have a more pleasing ring than steel bells of some of the larger foundries. Bell production at Foote ceased around 1910 but the company is still in business.
February 2, 2010 at 1:30 pm #15474
Jackbell, Thank you very much for the info you had provided me with. I had mentioned that I thought the yoke was probably hand made….but done nicely. When you mentioned the yoke being a replacement…did you agree that it is homemade, or is there some company out there that makes yokes as replacements.
I was considering selling this bell…but don’t know what it’s worth as is…any idea’s….however, what I will probably do is build a ground planter with uprights to support this bell and set it up in our church’s front yard.
Thank you very much for your help! Sincerely, Steve
February 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm #15473
The yoke appears to be the work of a good machine shop. The bell would be worth around $1500 if complete and undamaged. Yours would probably bring a couple hundred. Place it in front of your church. It will look very nice.
February 2, 2010 at 3:21 pm #15472Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
You might be interested in seeing this picture of a very nice bell enclosure. It was built by a distant relative of my husband’s who lives in Nauvoo, Illinois. The bell sits high on a hill in his yard and overlooks the Mississippi River.
This bell came from the school house in which his mother taught many years ago. It is not marked with the maker’s name but does have the number 26 on it.
February 2, 2010 at 8:36 pm #15471
I can’t thank Jackbell enough for answering my questions and even giving me a ballpark dollar value. And your thoughtfullness by including a picture as an idea of what to do with the bell for displaying.
I am a builder/cabinet maker by trade. I already had an idea as to what I planned on making (as a ground style bell tower) for our church….however, after having looked at the pic you sent, I am now re-designing the entire project with a combination of my thoughts and your’s.
I hope Jackbell read’s this reply, because…Diane (my wife to be) and I were thinking about selling the bell and giving the money to the church….or make the bell tower as your picture displays. My point to this is, his info was meant to help the church…not me. If we can’t make alot of money for the bell, then we display it. I will draw up a proposal for the church on what I plan on making… and include an artist’s rendering of what it will look like. If the church gives me a green light on this project….you will be hearing back from me.
I will save this site and article on my favorites…if all goes as well as I hope it will, you will hear back from me in the spring.
Hopefully, I will have attached pic’s of my idea (and your’s) to present to you.
A thousand Thank you’s to you and Jackbell! God Bless, Steve & Diane
February 3, 2010 at 1:01 am #15476
Steve: Your kind words are appreciated. Many times people don’t bother acknowledging the information they receive here. A machine shop can fashion a pair of A frame supports. You really don’t need a wheel but a rope arm about a foot long fastened to the end of the yoke would work well. You might think about mounting the bell high enough that it cannot easily be stolen. Would mounting the belfry on the roof be possible? Metal theft has increased in recent years and unfortunately houses of worship are often the targets of theft and vandalism. We are looking forward to a photo of your completed project.
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