C.S. Bell & Co 20 inch School Bell

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  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 21, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House
This is a School Bell made by the C.S. Bell company in Hillsboro Ohio. This thing is HEAVY. It will be shipped disassembled in a wooden box. Shipping will be per zip code and handling will be 38.00 for box construction. Pay Pal Preferred. This bell is in unrestored condition, just like it came out of the school bell tower. The patina is black and parts of the bell are rust colored. This is a steel alloy bell made exclusively by C.S. Bell. Please read below for more info into the Bell Company. I think, though cannot verify, that this bell was used in North Carolina area as my father got it back in the 50's when we vacationed in the Black Mountain area. The bell is in great condition with no cracks or breaks, it makes a wonderful mellow ring, that was purposely made in mid tone between a church bell and a fire bell, so the sounds could not be confused. As you can see from the photo the clapper rod is slightly bent and the crank arm that the rope was attached to is missing.
The bells are identified by one of three different names: "C.S.Bell" (est 1838), "C.S. Bell & Company" (1882-1894, he bought out his partner Marley) and "C.S.Bell Company" (1894). The makers name does not appear on the bell itself but on the yoke. The speculation is that the first name was used when it was a proprietrship, the second name was when it was a partnership, and the third name was when it incorporated.
Go to Prindle Station Bells, they bought the steel formula and the rights to CS Bell Co Bells. They do notmake this type of bell but they make a 16 inch farm bell that sells for $443.00 and weighs 63 lbs.
Pic 1 - the bell is about 24 inches high and the mouth is 20 inches.
Pic 2 - This is the left side of the front of the yoke that says CS Bell & Co
Pic 3 - Top of the bell showing that it is a number four (bells 20 inches to 40 in were school bells - larger they were church bells and smaller they were alarm bells or ship bells)
Pic 4 - The clapper (slightly bent)
Pic 5 - The 1889 date on the right side of the yoke
Pic 6 - The left rear side of the yoke indicating a "No 4 Yoke"
Pic 7 - This is w the crank goes
Pic 8 - Full view showing the clapper hanging as it should below the mouth rim
Pic 9 - This is the 1886 date on the cradle
Pic10 - Patina
Pic11 - Hillsboro O.
Pic12 - Looking at the top of the bell.