[Bell Historians] First use of roller bearings?

Carl S Zimmerman csz_stl at swbell.net
Fri Feb 25 17:47:55 GMT 2022

An 1896 newspaper article about the installation of a G&J chime with swinging tenor bell (https://www.newspapers.com/clip/96404646) makes the claim that this is "the first time the roller principle has been introduced into bell hanging."  Is that claim correct?  If not, when and where were roller bearings first used?

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