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I have one of these in my collection that I inherited from my Mother who lived in Akron, OH. She died in 1986, but she didn’t start collecting bells until sometime in the 60’s. I don’t know where she acquired it. She did work as a cook in small restaurants throughout her life, and she may have used it then. I don’t really know for sure.
Thanks Harry. I have added these to my list. Will let you know if we are able to visit any of them.
In my search for bell museums, so far I have found this information about museums of the glass manufacturers in WV, PA, and OH: http://www.glasspass.org/ We won’t be taking this route this time, so they will be on the list for a different trip. This is an online museum only: http://danart.home.mindspring.com/bellsite/html/ This one is a possibility for this trip: http://www.bastbellmuseum.com/bast_bell_museum.html. Can anyone in TX tell me what happened to Ms. Brewer’s collection in Canton, TX: http://www.soundportraits.org/on-air/brewer_bell_museum/ As she found out, there are not many visitors to just a bell museum, so if anyone knows of a large collection in other types of museums, I would appreciate knowing about them.
As WV is my home state, I was especially sad to hear that Fenton was planning to close their factory. I have continued to follow their story and very happy that they had a reprieve. You may read about it directly on their site: http://www.fentonartglass.com/news/News.asp Fenton makes so many beautiful bells that it is hard to collect them all. My favorite has been the paisley.
Holly et al,
I was curious about Fenton’s closing and see that they have a reprieve and will not be closing. See the updated press release at http://www.fentonartglass.com/press_release_12_4_2007.htm