Hello all, first of all I would just like to convey how much help forums like this can provide to "laypersons" such as myself. So thank you.
I am helping a friend sell off a bunch of antique items to clear some room, most of which are auto related. So imagine my surprise when he drags out this large bell and says to sell it. I love a challenge and have been searching high and low for any similar bells for information on what we have. I have found absolutely nothing that resembles this exact bell and yoke. The yoke is a straight-across style which seems to be rare or nonexistent. I thought maybe someone had replaced an original horse-shoe shaped one with this, but the metal is so corroded it seems very old. I tried to take the yoke off to see if there are any markings on it but it is really stuck on there and I don't want to risk damaging anything by forcing it. Would it be OK to use something like a steering wheel puller to take the yoke off?
I'm in Seattle if that helps for information. I have looked over every inch of it and cannot find any marking. I suppose the patina could be covering something, though. I have not found any vertical lines suggesting a modern casting, but do notice a brick-wall style pattern on the outside if that makes any sense. Here are the specs: 40 lbs, 12" diameter bell, 8 1/4" height (just bell), 11" height total, and yoke is 21" wide.
Since I really have no info it may help that I have a bunch of photos. Here are some of the better ones, let me know if I should post more. And sorry, I tried to post up large photos but I am limited to 400 pixels high and wide which is very small... ??
this last shot shows the only major flaw I can find, a crack that goes through the edge. I wonder if these are even repairable?