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The original uprights for the BP & Co. bells have a very unique shape, it will be difficult if not impossible to find one to fit your size bell. Your best bet is to try and find one of the old style straight uprights. There is one on eBay that is listed as being 18 1/2 inches wide. This may fit your bell.
Hope this helps,
BrianOctober 19, 2018 at 11:41 pm in reply to: How to display a collection of school/dinner bells #27300
Nice, looks like you figured it out…October 17, 2018 at 8:06 pm in reply to: How to display a collection of school/dinner bells #27289
How many dinner bells do you have to display?
You have a very rare bell, you didn’t show a picture of the upright if you don’t have the 3 1/2 upright its going to be near impossible to find a post mount upright to fit your bell. I have been collecting dinner bells for years and I was fortunate enough to find a 3 1/2 that was all original a couple years ago. I have a post on the large bell forum with a picture of my 3 1/2, I know they were still selling the 3 1/2 in 1910, through the C.S.Bell catalog for $12.00.I was also asking if anyone had additional information but I have not gotten any responses. You may get more responses if you post your question on the large bell forum?
Lead paint wasn’t banned in the US. until 1978, so if your bell was painted before that date it probably has lead in the paint. By the looks of your bell it was more than likely painted before 1978. I have several C.S.Bell bells and I am not sure if they painted their bells. I have a flier from a hardware store in Cedar Rapids Iowa from 1897 and C.S.Bell was advertising their bells as having a Rich Gold Bronze and the yoke and upright coated with an Indestructible Varnish.
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I believe all the pieces are original? The upright and yoke are 100% aluminum, not cast iron?
If the company was just starting up in 1864 they may have just been experimenting with different numbering schemes? I don’t believe the upright I show on my bell is the original, all the pictures I have seen of these bells online have the standard u-shape uprights.
Thanks for the information, that narrows the manufacturing date down between 1864 and 1869.
I have a #3 A.F.Shapleigh and I agree with Carl they were made by C.S.BELL.
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I talked to Mrs. Wilson on the phone last week. She is going to reopen the web-site, but she said it would probably be several months before that happened. She lost Pete to cancer late last year, he took care of the orders from the web-site so she said she is having to learn about that side of the business before she can re-open.
Jenny & Manning was a small bell foundry located on South Main Street in Washington Court House Ohio. Jenny & Manning were double-brothers-in-laws, that is they married sisters. I don’t know the dates they opened and shut down, but they were in business in 1887. This information was printed in the Record Herold in Washington Court House Ohio, in July 1954.