We have been given a cast iron bell that was once on a church in Montgomery. Do you have a reference book I could look at with names of old bell companies? I think the name of the company is “Eagle Bell Co.” but I might be wrong. It also has Lemon, PA on it (this might also be wrong!) The bell is about 22” in diameter, the clapper is on the exterior of the bell and it ratchets around the bell so it neer hits in the same spot! Any information would be greatly appreciated!
About your request for information on the Eagle Bell Co., I came across the note reproduced below. It dates from 1998 and may no longer be a working email, but it may be worth a try. I am writing a book about my great-grandfather, David Caughlan, who cast bronze bells in St. Louis between 1849 and 1868. I came across a note that a John Caughlan worked as a brass finisher about 1869 in the Eagle Bell Foundry in St. Louis, but I think your bell is definitely from Lebanon, Pa. Founders did not usually work in both iron and bronze. It was one or the other. Therefore, bronze bell casters went elsewhere for the iron yokes they used for their bells. Iron bells were often used in schools and on farms. They were more reasonable. The outside clapper makes me wonder if your bell might have been from a fire house? Good luck with your hunt.
"EAGLE BELL CO.I am trying to track down a company called Eagle Bell Co, Lebanon PA, was in existence about 1860 to ? P.L. Weimer rec. a patent on July 23 1867 for a bell which is now in my possession. This bell at one time was a school bell in Hayden, AZ. Any information on this company would be appreciated."
There was an Eagle Bell & Brass Foundry which made bells located at 192 N. 2nd Street, St. Louis, Mo. I know it was in business from 1866 to 1900, but may have been in business longer. I don't know of a bell foundry in Lemon, Pa. There are many books on bell founding in England, but the only one for the U.S. is That Vanishing Sound by Springer. It is about bells and bell ringing in general, but many foundries are referred to it the book. It's out of print, but available through inter library loan. I have files on over 350 names under which bells were made, but they are not in book form. Someday I may get around to writing one.
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