American Bell Association `Bell and Tell` article
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Why Bells Crack

Church bells may be subject over time to structural fatigue. But they are such an important part of our liturgical and cultural heritage, and we want them to last for centuries. Researchers have been investigating the damage caused to bells when they are rung. Nowadays, many people only hear the ringing of bells on important […]

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American Bell Association `Bell and Tell` article
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Cataloguing Your Bells

BELL TAGS ARE IMPORTANT! Just a number doesn’t tell you anything. I have seen relatives and friends regret the number system when the master book was misplaced, lost, or stolen. Any number that can be easily removed may be eventually lost – whether it be on a gummed label or by felt pen. Identification marks […]

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American Bell Association `Bell and Tell` article
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Selling Your Collection

Selling a collection can be a long and difficult process. The seller must be prepared to utilize several methods, depending on many factors– the size of the collection, the types of bells involved, the time available, the contribution of effort toward the process and the reputation of the seller in the bell community. Preparing a […]

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Emil Huddy`s North Fork Shop Draws West Coast Sculptors

It’s a long step from Rochester, New York, to the foothills of central California, and it’s an even larger one from managing a huge industrial foundry to operating a small, one-man shop making delicate art castings, but Emil Huddy, quiet-spoken, white-haired owner and sole employee of ArtCast of North Fork, has successfully made the change. […]

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C S Bell
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Big Bells

Bells larger than 20″ in diameter at the opening (called the mouth) are normally made of bronze, iron or steel. If a magnet doesn’t stick to it, it’s bronze. If smaller than 20″ and the magnet doesn’t stick, it could be made of brass, in which case it is likely a railroad, fire engine or […]

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Capo di monte bells
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Capo di Monte Bells

A couple of years ago, I found a Capo di Monte bell and some other pieces, and as I already had a beautiful black and white and gold Capo di Monte treasure chest, I decided it would be interesting to know more about this Italian porcelain. The bells and other pieces labeled Capo di Monte were made […]

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Hemony Bells
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The Hemony Bells

“The real pleasure of a hobby,” says Harold Lloyd, “lies in its ability to obsess you, to drive you on, to pull you into its complexities, so you try to see if you can overcome them.” Were Mr. Lloyd, a bell collector, doubtless, he would feel greatly challenged by the many puzzling questions surrounding so-called […]

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Cataloguing: Keeping an Inventory of Your Bell Collection

Are you keeping an accurate inventory of your bell collection? Most people have some records but too many of us say, “That is something that I must do when I get time.” Wait no longer. Start now to record facts about your bells. Making an inventory, cataloguing, listing — call your records what you wish, but keep […]

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The El Camino Real Bells

The “El Camino Real Bells” have long been in place since the early part of the last century to mark the original route of “El Camino Real” from San Diego to Sonoma in California.  The El Camino Real,  (Royal Highway or King’s Highway), closely follows Highway 101 in California.  The El Camino Real was the […]

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