[Bell Historians] Founder's mark

Andrew Higson andrew.higson at jmdoaI2AHc-lh2zwaLnEIxjUwP3k_FJoD-JAksdiOeSWoIyVUwlZVK_xCf29Qpvv0C0mBfHWqak6WYNUNUVQmVyJdOMT.yahoo.invalid
Mon Oct 19 08:59:41 BST 2009

Very similar to the badge on the bells from Bangor RC that are in the
works. Warner 1866.


Andrew Higson

John Taylor & Co.

The Bellfoundry

Freehold Street


LE11 1AR

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I e-mailed Ron offline to suggest it was a "corrected rubbing" (same
thing as GAD's "badly drawn") version of the Warner mark used in the
1860s & 1870s which would, by the way, have shown the initials J (above)
/ W & S (centre) / and the date (below). 


But in view of the suggested Irish connection I later wondered if it
might be the mark of William Covey as the NBR shows a date of 1693 for
the Whitehaven bell. On checking Dukes (also the Struckett / Walters
lists - Covey isn't in JCB's Dove listing), however, I see that the
latest date for William Covey is in the 1680s and that by 1693 Tobias
was the bellfounding member of the Covey family. I can't, however, find
any illustration of any mark(s) used by these founders.


Any other thoughts?  (But yes, inscription, diameter and a re-check of
the mark itself would be helpful)




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