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Go to <a href=”https://americanbell.org/contact-us/” to find the contact information for the ABA’s Advertising Coordinator.
The American Bell Association International, Inc. has members throughout the world who receive our bi-monthly magazine, The Bell Tower. The rates for non-ABA members are:
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$25.00 for a three-line classified ad
Subtract $20 from each of the above prices if you are a member of the American Bell Association International, Inc.
The ABA does not endorse non-member sales sites.
rphermann, I don’t have a “lead” for you where you might be able to acquire a Paul Revere bell. However, if you were to find one that is for sale, it would probably be very expensive! I’m sure you know that. The reason I’m responding to your inquiry is simply to give you an idea of where known Paul Revere bells are located as of 1976, when Edward and Evelyn Stickney published a list. You can find that list at:
“They located 134 bells inscribed with the Revere name as of year 1976. The following is a list of 84 bells they compiled directly from the Revere Company stock books.”
Please let us know if and when you are successful in buying one!
Yes, Vlad, please post pictures of some of your other bells! We all learn from others. Do you collect a specific kind of bell (such as church bells) or do you like all kinds of bells?
I was able to find some information about the Atlanta Utility Works in East Point, Georgia, online:
Atlanta Utility Works
2903 Rn Martin St
Atlanta, GA 30344
Contact: James N Moore III
Phone: (404) 761-2104
My suggestion is that you call the contact, James N. Moore III, and see if he can give you information. The website above says, “Business Description: Atlanta Utility Works is located in Atlanta, Georgia. This organization primarily operates in the Fertilizing Machinery, Farm business / industry within the Industrial and Commercial Machinery and Computer Equipment sector. This organization has been operating for approximately 118 years. Atlanta Utility Works is estimated to generate $721,865 in annual revenues, and employs approximately 5 people at this single location. This organization is engaged in manufacturing activities at this facility.”
Vovkaonline, That’s quite a bell!
Carl has given you some good advice. I would like to add that one of the benefits of being a member of the American Bell Association is that if you join one of our chapters and/or attend our annual conventions, you may have access to other bell enthusiasts who can be very helpful in sharing their bell knowledge and expertise with you.
In the “Frequently Asked Questions” section of this website it states that “The American Bell Association International, Inc. does not appraise bell(s) nor does it maintain a list of appraisers. However, some ABA members are glad to offer an opinion based on their research, experience in buying, and watching the prices of bells on eBay, in antique shops, at flea markets, and at auctions. Please bear in mind that if you were to ask for an opinion, it would be just that. The individual would not be an official representative of the American Bell Association.”
You sure know how to stimulate curiosity! Regretfully, I don’t know how to get pictures on my cell phone. Have you looked at the page regarding how to use the ‘Bell Talk’ Forum at <a href=”https://americanbell.org/aba-forum/topic/resize-photos/? The problem may be that your photo file is too big and needs to be resized. Or, it may be that you should download the picture to your computer and try to post it from there instead of your cell phone.
Also, if you go to the ABA homepage and look at the “Frequently Asked Questions” section, you’ll see some guidelines telling what information we need in order to identify your bell. As it now stands, we have no idea what kind of a bell you have so we can’t help you. Sorry.
P.S. The ABA does not appraise bells. Forum members may give a personal opinion of what they think the bell is worth or what they paid for one like yours. My suggestion is to check on eBay for the type of bell you have and see if there are any like yours for sale. If so, follow (watch) that auction to see what is the asking price and selling price.
P.P.S. The American Bell Association has been publishing newsletters/magazines called
The Bell Tower
with articles about all different kinds of bells since the early 1940s. AmericanBell.org has a list of titles in the Bell Resource Center () that are available free of charge to ABA members. They can be sorted by author, category, and/or date.April 11, 2019 at 12:32 am in reply to: What do the numbers mean on C.S. Bell Co. bells mean? #29215
Wonderful, David! Neil’s book is a good investment. I haven’t heard back from the fellow to whom I asked for help but, of course, this time of year he may be visiting a warmer climate!
Please keep in mind that there is a New England Chapter of the American Bell Association that meets twice a year in various New England states. Our next meeting will be on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Windham Textile Mill Museum in Willimantic, Connecticut. We meet on the last Saturday in April and the last Saturday in September every year. Reservations are required. Membership in NECABA is only $5.00 per year. We also send out a 6-8 page newsletter every other month. Our members tend to collect all kinds of bells but some of them focus on big bells.
The information available to ABA members is massive and reprints of articles from our bi-monthly “The Bell Tower” magazine are available free to ABA members! If you go to you will find a comprehensive (72-page) list of bell-related articles that have appeared in our magazine since our founding in 1940!
If you want more information about the New England Chapter, you can send an inquiry to the NECABA Membership Chairman at P.O. Box 2, Sebasco Estates, ME 04565.
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Hi, again, David,
I see that the list of Holbrook Bells found at http://chepachetbaptist.org/national-list-holbrook-bells.htm
has the name of one of the members of the New England Chapter of the American Bell Association listed as a source of Holbrook bell information. I will contact him and ask him if he can help with your question.
According to the excellent book,
- Large Bells of America
, History of Church Bells, Fire Bells, School Bells, Dinner Bells and Their Foundries, by Neil Goeppinger, copyright 2016, George Handel Holbrook, established a bell foundry in East Medway (later Millis), Massachusetts, that was in operation from 1798-1880. Holbrook was an apprentice of Paul Revere. Neil’s book also says that the Holbrook firm also made undated bells inscribed G.H.H., which stood for George H. Holbrook.
I am not a big bell expert so this is my best guess, especially since this bell is marked GHH, MASS and is dated in the right time period. Neil Goeppinger is a member of the ‘Bell Talk’ Forum. It’s possible that he will respond to your inquiry when he has the time.
I don’t know whether or not you still have your mother’s bell collection that you would like to have go to a bell-loving home but, if you haven’t already done son, I suggest you go to our Frequently Asked Questions page https://americanbell.org/resources/frequently-asked-questions/ and read the suggestions regarding how to dispose of a bell collection.
CarolynJanuary 14, 2019 at 3:05 am in reply to: How to display a collection of school/dinner bells #29014
What a nice display! Thanks for sharing it with us!
Now that the holidays are over, I’m hoping that some of the ABA big bell experts will have the time to step forward to help you out. Good luck!
It looks like there is some writing on the bracket to which the actual bell is attached. Is it possible for you to read what it says? We have several forum members who are very knowledgeable about big bells who can probably help you. Also, you may want to do an Internet search for sellers of big bells. They may help you in your search for one to buy.
Good luck! Let us know if you find one!
No, you do not have to be an ABA member to post a question on the ‘Bell Talk’ Forum. If you click on the link at the top of this page that says “Bell Talk Forums”, you will see a list of the different forums with a general statement of what kinds of bells are discussed in each forum.
You will not see a specific forum for bells made in West Germany. But, you will see forums for big bells and small bells. It may be that your bell may fit into one of those categories. But before you post your question, there is another section you should read, too. It can be found in the “Frequently Asked Questions” section. There you will find information on what we need to help you identify your bell. If you are unsure where to post your question, you should post in the category of “General Bell Stuff”.
“An inquiry regarding a bell should include as much of the following information as possible:
Height of the bell
Diameter of the bottom of the skirt
Writing or engraving on the bell
Material from which the bell was made
History about the bell that you may have
Photo of the outside of the bell
Photo of the inside of the bell”
Readers of our forum and ABA members are always willing to help answer questions if we can. But, without a picture of your bell and without a description of the details of your bell, it’s unlikely that people can give you the kind of information you are hoping to receive.
We look forward to reading your question and seeing pictures of your bell. Oh, another thing, first-time posters sometimes try to post a picture that is too big and needs to be resized so it can fit on the page. Our Keymaster, DavidE, has posted directions for resizing pictures in the “How to Use” the forum page.