Recently at a local scrap yard I caught a guy before he unloaded this off his truck.
I am not a bell expert, but I knew this was very old and possibly rare. The fact that all parts are there including the original(?) wood mount seems pretty rare to me.
Looking for assistance in identifying and a possible value to the bell.
It is cast iron. It measures 23 1/4" in diameter. Unfortunately it is late and I don't have a height measurement but took some great photos. I have not weighed it but my guess is it is around 150lbs. just for the bell/wheel/yoke.
It says No 24 Yoke, it seems there are some flaws (character?) in the casting but there are no apparent cracks and it rings/resonates nicely. There are some other No. 24 markings on it as you can see in the photos.
Inside the bell it looks like there is a raised 1807 or 1887 from the casting, I don't want to remove any of the patina as I know this often lowers the value of such objects, and tried to use a paper/pencil to trace over but to no avail.
I live near Bakersfield California so don't know if there were any local (or California) foundries, not that the bell could have come from anywhere in the USA.
The gentleman I acquired the bell from was Latino (non-English speaking) and my Spanish is poor but from what I understand he got it from cleaning a barn, where it was stored, not installed.
Thanks in advance for any help with this!