[Bell Historians] Request for help

David Cawley dave at d...
Tue Jun 24 16:09:20 BST 2003

Almost certainly correct(ish). There are quite a number of bells in the Channel Islands with variations on J'ai ete fait (or fondu) par..., or just Fait(e) par or Fondu(e) par.....,from the French foundries represented. Nothing on Brousse, though, which would be interesting.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: Bill Hibbert 
To: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Monday, June 23, 2003 8:16 PM
Subject: [Bell Historians] Request for help

Can anyone help this gentleman with his enquiry? I assume the 
inscription expands to 'Fabrique par M. Laurent Brousse 1745'.

Bill H


Dear Mr. Hibberts: Recently, our museum acquired a small bronze bell 
with an interesting cast inscription. The bell was said to have been 
excavated in Arkansas, near an 18th c. French settlement. The bell 
has the following inscription cast in cercumference: 
FPMLAVRENTBROVSSE1745. As stated, the inscription encircles the bell 
rim. Can you recommend any scholars-in-the-field, who may be able to 
help us decipher the inscription? Any help you may provide will be 
greatly appreciated.

Best wishes,

(Mr.) Swannee Bennett

Swannee Bennett
Deputy Director and
Chief Curator
Historic Arkansas Museum (state museum)
200 E. Third St.
Little Rock, Ar. 72201
(501) 324-9395

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