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Yes I know about Prindle Station but I don’t know that they would be able to help with this bell since it isn’t quite their standard shape seeing as it is an early version. This bell and my #2 of the same vintage are clearly a different profile and I would like to stay period correct if possible. I’ll just keep putting in my time looking around at flea markets, antique stores and the such to find a replacement bell. The hunt is really half the fun for me. Hearing it ring is the other half. I truly appreciate your response and use your book as a guide as I work on expanding my collection.
I will say that I am saddened by the impending closure of this open forum but perhaps that will persuade me to reach out in other ways.
Thanks for all the great knowledge you have passed on over the years in these forums!
Looking at your full picture of the frame your bell is sitting on it kind of looks like there may have been a second one of those mystery loops on the other side. There appears to be a nut in the exact same spot on the right side of the pic. Additionally, I see there is a hole on top of the loop. To me it looks like that may have been a place for a bar to be secured for some reason.
I posted pictures of the bell previously. You should be able to see the 50 on the outside. It was what really intrigued me and why I bought it.
My pictures didn’t make it on the last post, hopefully this time.
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I just bought a bell with the same manufacture markings of Pump & Fire Engine Mf Co Seneca Falls, NY. However, I am missing the handle, the upright is quite different than the one in the picture and my bell is marked 50 on the bell. I haven’t had a chance to clean it up yet and due to age it may not be possible to read the number marked on the center of the harp but it is a single digit. Seeing as Rumsey seemingly only went by this name for about a year I suspect my bell was made around the same time as the one pictured previously in this post. Any idea on Rumsey bell markings? 50 seems to be an odd number to have on this bell as it is 17″ across which seems to me to be closer to a 2 in CS Bell terms.