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  • in reply to: Help me size an upright! #29561
    bribdavis
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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.

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/ANTIQUE-CAST-IRON-FARM-SCHOOL-BELL-BOTTOM-CRADLE-YOKE

    Hope this helps,
    Brian

    in reply to: How to display a collection of school/dinner bells #27300
    bribdavis
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    Nice, looks like you figured it out…

    in reply to: How to display a collection of school/dinner bells #27289
    bribdavis
    Participant

    How many dinner bells do you have to display?

    in reply to: #3 1/2 CS Bell value? #27263
    bribdavis
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    Hello
    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?

    Brian

    in reply to: Farm Dinner Bell #27186
    bribdavis
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    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.

    Brian

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    in reply to: Short Mountain Foundry #26674
    bribdavis
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    I believe all the pieces are original? The upright and yoke are 100% aluminum, not cast iron?

    Brian

    in reply to: Information about Rumsey&Co. #25794
    bribdavis
    Participant

    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.

    Brian

    in reply to: Information about Rumsey&Co. #25481
    bribdavis
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    Thanks for the information, that narrows the manufacturing date down between 1864 and 1869.

    Brian

    in reply to: L. F. Shapleigh Hdw, St. Louis, MO Bell #25365
    bribdavis
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    I have a #3 A.F.Shapleigh and I agree with Carl they were made by C.S.BELL.

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    in reply to: CS Bell bell again #25115
    bribdavis
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    Chris,

    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.

    Brian

    in reply to: Jenny Manning Bell #25036
    bribdavis
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    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.

    Brian

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