Thank you, toml, for your info about a bell just like the one I purchased at an estate auction 8/8/09. If you (or anyone else)have more info about the maker, value, composition, history, etc., please share. I've never purchased a bell before, but always wanted one at our lake property in the UP of Michigan. The people who owned this bell were from Columbus, IN. I don't know any more than that at this time. I'm considering calling the lady to see if she has info about the bell's history.
The bell I purchased has been painted, has some rust (very little), has no cracks that I can detect, and has a pleasant tone. It's too heavy for me to lift -- probably about 60 lb. I'm wondering what I should do about cleaning & resurfacing the bell and supports. It's now a purple bell with white yoke and support bracket.
I'll need to work at uploading pictures.