Van Duzen World's Largest Church Bell, 1895

Bells have a long and distinguished past. For a brief history of bells, see the first item below, an essay from a Van Dusen Bell Company catalog c. 1920.

Our bells are mostly of American manufacture, and cover a span of the last 200 years or so. Contact us at our number above to inquire as to current stock.

The picture at the left is from a Van Duzen catalog. The accompanying text says:

"The Largest Church Bell (with Regular Swinging Church Bell Hangings) in the world, founded by us in 1895, weight with mountings, 35,000 pounds. Note comparative size with man six feet in height."

About the pictures and text available below:

All the images here were scanned from authentic antique bell catalogs owned by Brosamer's Bells. These catalogs are one of our most valuable resources in appraising and evaluating bells. They date from the turn of the century and represent most of the major manufacturers of American Bells. They contain listings of where and when various companies installed their bells, which sometimes enables us to pinpoint the history of a given bell.

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Description Filesize
(Text) Van Duzen - "Just a Little Bell History" 85K
Van Duzen Peal Van Duzen - Picture of a 4-Bell Peal 40K
Van Duzen Plantation Bells Van Duzen - Plantation, School-House, Farm and Hotel Bells 22K
Van Duzen Patent Rotary Yoke Van Duzen - Patent Rotary Yoke
(bigger view of picture at top of page)
Van Duzen Alarm Bells Van Duzen - Ships Signal and Alarm Bells 21K
Van Duzen Steamboat Bells Van Duzen - Steamboat Bells 25K
(Text) Van Duzen - "The Value of Church Bells"
an explanation of why your church needs a bell
Stuckstede Factory Stuckstede - Exterior View of Hy. Stuckstede Bell Foundry Company 49K
Stuckstede factory interior Stuckstede - Interior View of Hy. Stuckstede Bell Foundry Company 40K
Stuckstede catalog cover Stuckstede - Cover of 1906 catalog
Established 1855, Circular No. 65
Stuckstede Weights and measures Stuckstede - Table of Tone, Weight and Diameter of Bells and Price of Mountings.
(Note: Prices are c. 1906, not what they are worth today)
(Text) Stuckstede - A discourse on the composition and quality of Stuckstede Bells 43K
Liberty Bell Meneely - The Original Liberty Bell 22K
Meneely Independence Hall Bell Meneely - Replacement Liberty Bell presented to the City of Philadelphia in 1876 67K
Meneely Peal and Chime bells Meneely - Pictures and text describing Chime and Peal Bells 36K
(Text) Meneely - Sayings found engraved in or embossed upon bells 15K
(Text) Meneely - More Sayings on bells 15K
Cincinnati Bell Foundry catalog cover Cincinatti - Cover of the Cincinnati Bell Foundry catalog 16K
Cincinatti Peals Cincinatti - Text and musical scales describing Peal Bells 21K
Cincinatti post bell mountings Cincinatti - 18" to 24" bell mountings; post and frame 19K
Cincinatti Bell mountings Cincinatti - 24" to 36" bell mountings 23K
Meneely Quote from Tennyson Cincinatti - Quote from the poet Tennyson 13K
Bowlden Bell Factory Bowlden - Picture of Factory 26K
Bowlden Bell Parts Bowlden - Names of parts of bells 24K
(Text) Bowlden - Discourse on the merits of the Bowlden Bell, made by the American Bell & Foundry Co. of Northville, MI 42K
(Text) Bowlden - More information about mounting bells, how far they can be heard, and advice on what size to buy 46K
(Text) Bowlden - More info about tone, mountings, springs, and roller bearings 40K
(Text) Bowlden - Advice on attaching rope, how to ring, care of bells, and Bowlden claims 30K
Bowlden info on how to hoist a bell Bowlden - Instructions on how to hoist a bell 34K
(Text) Bowlden - Advice on inscriptions, bell rope and belfry design 36K
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