[Bell Historians] McShane of Baltimore

Dickon Benoński-Love dickon at lovesguide.com
Fri Feb 16 10:22:31 GMT 2024

From Simon Linford (on the Bell Historians Facebook group):How many bells by McShane of Baltimore are there in the UK? I as just reading about the opening of the church of St Anne, Deritend, in Birmingham in 1884 and the newspaper article has a lot to say about the bell. Why might they have gone to the US for a bell in 1884 given how many British foundries there were? "The belfry contains a bell, cast by McShane and Co., Baltimore, US., which is a very fine specimen of campanistry. It is provided with a rotary yoke on roller bearings, a mode of carriage peculiar to American bells, rendering their ringing remarkably easy. It has also another speciality in possessing steel springs, to prevent the rebound of the clapper breaking the continuity of the vibrations. It weights 25cwt. and is greatly admired for its beautiful finish and workmanship, its rich clear tone, and its long vibrations. This is the first bell sent to England by the firm, though they have been for fifty-two years engaged in fine bell casting, and have made 1,000 church bells annually for the past twelve years."Sent from my Galaxy
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