[Bell Historians] Moulding wires - pattern encoding

Carl Scott Zimmerman csz_stl at FQJm9pXEypUR_BqYdACBDQUFwXw0kv_1StAdvrpMLWJ2LOAzJGwQ39zRVoCCSdAa290wVQVpN0hwkw.yahoo.invalid
Mon Jan 17 22:15:03 GMT 2011

Thanks, Richard.

This descriptive method seems to need place holders for instances 
where no moulding wires are present.  Thus bells made during the last 
30+ years of the Henry Stuckstede Bell Foundry Co. might be described 
as 0,0,1-0.  Or would 0,,1-0 suffice?

Does this method apply to all (or most) British-made bells of the 
past century or two?  I ask because it would not apply to the work of 
several 19th-c. American bellfounders, for various reasons other than 
a total absence of moulding wires.  (Sorry, I don't have any 
illustrations online yet.)


At 05:52 +0800 2011/01/12, Richard Offen wrote:
>The description starts at the crown of the bell, so 3,2-3,3-2 would 
>indicate three wires on the crown of the bell, two above the 
>inscription band and three below, three where the sound bow begins 
>to curve out and two at the lip.
>There are infinite variations on this, for instance the usual 
>configuration on a modern Whitechapel bell is 3,2-2,3-2.
>Hope this helps.


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