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It most likely is a C. S. Bell “crystal metal” upright. Does it look like my 1st generation (1875-1882) #3 post mount upright? Does the yoke provide any information? Check Ebay for C. S. Bell items for sale… most have fairly detailed pictures. Also review this page: http://www.towerbells.org/HillsboroFoundry.html or http://www.prindlestation.com/index.html.
See the following text from http://www.towerbells.org/BellFoundries.html
Several bellfoundries in Cincinnati, including two of the largest and longest-lived in the USA, made either bronze or iron bells. One of those, the Buckeye Bell Foundry (operated by Vanduzen), was among the four minor American makers of chimes; the data side of this Website has a list of Vanduzen chimes, including a brief sketch of the history of this foundry.
The largest of many American producers of iron or steel bells was probably the C.S.Bell Company, located in the town of Hillsboro, east of Cincinnati. Using a special cast steel alloy called “crystal metal,” this firm produced bells of all sizes from 12″ diameter postmount farm or dinner bells to 48″ diameter church bells. These bells, unlike those made of bronze, do not carry any inscription (except possibly a size number on the top). Instead, the identification of the maker is found on the yoke from which the bell hangs.
Hope this helps,
Good Luck in your search.
Thanks for your knowledge. Winter starting and still not fully completed with firewood… but do have the various parts sandblasted and primed. With a little time I’ll put the top coats on and assemble.
Again, thanks for your time and wisdom.
Do I understand correctly that any metal reworking of the pictured area probably is not necessary. If yes, that is good news. I’m thinking that perhaps just a touch of round file in the sharp areas to assist in crack prevention prior reassembly. Re-threading the bolt is not an issue… well equipped for that if/when necessary. Right now the nut will run up/down the bolt without issue.
As this is my 1st, and in the past, I tended to break things by over torquing, I still would like a guild line on how much torque to place on the nut. Aircraft and nuke missile maintenance made me a believer in following the book… even if it’s only finger tight plus ½ turn or similar instruction.
Thanks for your reply.
My fault. I did resize but wasn’t paying as close of attention as it sized down to 540k… but the other photo provided adequate visual info I believe.