Thanks for the value guidence. Sort of disappointing to learn that the value is so much less than the cost of the housing structure or even the bronze donation placque!! Anyway, it's being put to a good use. The reason for the electric ringing actuator: The church is in a resort area of Central Oregon. The bell had to be fully protected from annual snow and it was not feasible to put it on the existing church roof. Also, it had to be located so that no one could ring it except at the designated times - (an exposed rope would have resulted in bell ringing in the middle of nights). The actuator was secured from Church Bell Ministries Co. of Jonesboro, TN., Dave Smith, Owner/President/Engineer/Employee (not exactly a competitor of General Electric Corp.) A local engineer is tweeking the connections. A computer will be programed to ring it at "designated times" and it can also be rung manually from a doorbell button next to the computer in the church office.
There's more than you probably wanted to know!!