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A special THANKS to you, Neil, and all you shared.
Your book will keep me in good company.
Condition, condition, condition…
Check ebay listings for a range, although some recent asking prices are rather extreme.
Over the last ten years I purchased complete 24″ bell sets for as little as $350 and watched some restored actually sell for over $2K.
Condition issues include cracks, chips, and repairs, original parts including wheel, rust and pitting and erosion of letters and numbers, loose fit between bowl and yoke which risks damage, solid mounting frame, and others.
Condition, condition…. and location, as transportation can be a costly factor in value.
Good luck… and photos are critical in narrowing an assessment.
If it’s not too late…
I recommend removing the wheel and the clapper so that neither bear the weight of the bell bowl, risking damage to the pieces.
Also do not transport with the bell sitting in the belfry stands as this also risks damage to the stands and the yoke.
Disassemble the parts and transport the bowl resting evenly on its rim, securing the other parts separately.
Do not hesitate to break the smaller bolts or nuts rusted in place, as they are easily replaced with square headed parts available in most hardware stores. Avoid harm to the main bolt however. The main bolt nut can be replaced easily though, so grinding it or cutting off in restoration disassembly is OK.
This would apply to any large bell as I have moved and restored them from 20″ to 36″ in diameter weighing up to 900lbs.
I highly recommend Neil’s book: “Large Bells of America”, Suncoast Digital Press, 2016August 27, 2019 at 8:27 am in reply to: Interesting 22″ Buckeye Bell foundry bell with yoke #29528
A beauty in any state, nicely mounted now.
Ours is a 28″ otherwise identical, and was also blasted before our acquisition.
After 4 years outdoors exposure it is developing a softer warm patina.
Enjoy, and thanks for sharing.
Don’t give up attempts to post photos, we like to see new old bells.
Curious to know the actual diameter of your Cinn bell. I would guess 32″ +/-.
Is the distinctive, ornate, and fragile wheel missing?
If so, this is a clue as to the fate of the bell and the demand for a marriage of parts to keep it in commission after a fall and breakage.
As the imminent Mr Zimmerman notes, the mixed marriage of parts is not common, although neccesity often dictates such when parts are broken or missing.
Good to see (and hear) the bell in use.
Well, not too rare. After my restoration, this Gould’s 33 now resides in a collection in TN. The new owner also purchased the early 32″ CS Bell bell on the left and one of our No.26 bells as we slowly downsize our collection.
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Hope it’s not too late….
Yes, take it off the stands! Bouncing on the stands jeopardizes the stands and yoke’s axles designed to swing the bell torsionaly, not absorb shock of bouncing down the road. Also remove the clapper or rest the bowl on cribbing to eliminate resting on the clapper and deforming its shaft or stressing the clevis inside at the top.
Remove the wheel also to prevent stress… break the bolts retaining it if need be as they can easily replaced, the wheel, not so much! Lifting by the yoke is best, but attach near the center if possible.
Restrain the bowl tightly to prevent any movement because once it starts moving, that much mass is hard to stop.
I have a deformed tailgate as testimony to such and accident!
Good luck, enjoy
Foundries used different designations for different sizes.
CS Bell made a 12″ f62 through the No.3, 18 in an UPRIGHT then they made the No.4, 20″ in belfry stands with a CRANK arm. The next size was also 20″, No.20 in stands with wheel for the rope.
Then the 24″dia. No.24, 26″dia. No.26 up through the No.54
Identify yours as a 24″ diameter, No.24.
Limited appeal without stands, or wheel.
Tight. Eliminate any slop to avoid undue stress on the top of the bell.
The yoke and bowl should swing as one piece.
Any diminishing of the resonance will be very minor, especially in such a small bell which has a notoriously muted ring from the start.
A typical dinner bell cast by Fredericktown Bells in the the Ohio town of the same name.
The name on the YOKE ( on top) is interchangable at casting and done for various hardware or department stores.
The UPRIGHT is also typical of this foundry and another indication the bell is an early example likely cast prior to or shortly after the Civil War.
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Harry, sounds like the lettering used on a generic form of CS BELL bell.
Posting a photo or two would help ID it.
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Without that, search CS Bell, Hillsboro,OH to confirm, though many founders made 24″ bells, Bell cast “No.24 YOKE” on his generic versions.