FindBellHist wrote:Here's the response from SMU librarian. "The Baldwin construction number 2769 refers to Northern Pacific #48 built in April of 1872. There is a chance this bell was made for this 1872 locomotive, but there is also a chance that "2769" refers to a railroad line locomotive number, not the Baldwin construction number."
Due to patent dates I would assume it was made from 1924 on.
I'm pretty sure 2769 is an Engine number.
Recessed letters, #'s are stamped into, (applied) after the casting process, the raised letters, #'s are made before/during casting.