Rumsey & Co bell molds
April 11, 2017 at 5:51 pm #25302
I was wondering what ever happened to Rumsey&Co bell molds when they closed? Another thing ia how did they make the molds and shapes in sand casting methods? Its fascinating. We they carved of wood?
April 15, 2017 at 1:34 pm #25307
I am looking for info on a bell that is in our church. The current church building was built in 1911 but the previous building was built around 1860. The Bell was built by Rumsey and Co and has a #8 on it. I will try to attach a photo.
April 15, 2017 at 1:37 pm #25308
April 15, 2017 at 1:38 pm #25310
April 15, 2017 at 5:59 pm #25313
WPC2017 THAT is a big bell! A “SEARCH” on the forum main page reveals a dozen entries where a participant identifies a Rumsey No. 8 as identical to his 33″ Gould.
But your photo makes the bell look much larger in diameter, and the unique five spoke wheel even larger, perhaps 38 or 42″ with proportions of a post Civil War bowl.
What IS the bell’s diameter, and the wheel?
from Neil Goeppinger via the Forum search window:
Rumsey & Co was located at 19 Dey Factory, Seneca Falls (later part of N.Y. City), and moved to 93 Liberty, N.Y. City sometime between 1882 and 1887. They also made pumps. The years I know they were in business were from 1870 to 1887. I do not know when they started or ended.
In 1870 they advertised 13″ diam to 42″ diam (980 lbs, 1,276 lbs with yoke and frame) Steel Amalgam Bells. Church bell sizes 30″, 34″, 38″ and 42″, Fire Alarm bell sizes 25″, 27″, 30″, 34″, 38″ and 42″, School & Factory bell sizes 25″, 27″. In 1870 the name was “Rumsey & Co”.
— Neil Goeppinger
Here is our restored 24″ No.5 Rumsey now used by a small church. kc
- This reply was modified 1 week, 4 days ago by kcoonen.
April 18, 2017 at 1:10 am #25321
Rumsey had the distinct narrow top and flared out lip at bottom. Their tone was very impressive. My Goulds 33 bell is a twin to a Rumsey no 8. It has a melancholy but wonderful sound. It all weighs around 700 lbs. It has after tones when rung. These Rumsey and Goulds are very rare to find. Mostly you will find CS Bell Co or American Bell Co or unmarked ones but this particular style bell is not often found.
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