Moulding wires - pattern encoding

George Dawson george at
Tue Jan 18 08:44:29 GMT 2011

Slight errors here. The use of a - is to indicate where the inscription band
is. The 5 places indicated by Richard are correct, but he should have

3,2-2,3,2.  not 3,2-2,3-2.
There are further modifications to indicate the use of broad bands and large
raised wires as found on medieval bells, but I will not bore the audience.



From: bellhistorians at [mailto:bellhistorians at]
On Behalf Of Carl Scott Zimmerman
Sent: 17 January 2011 22:15
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Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] Moulding wires - pattern encoding



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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