CS Bell Company
This foundry was originally established by Charles S. in 1856. The C.S. Bell Co. cast steel alloy bells until 1974 in Hillsboro Ohio.
The first year, CS Bell Co. cast 1,000 bells, farm bells, church bells, fire alarm bells and factory bells. In 1889, they cast 20,000 bells, annually. They marketed their farm bells through Sears Roebuck catalogs. The largest bell cast was 54” diameter, bell weight 2,060. & 3,150 pounds with hardware; in 1921 cost $375.
In recent years, Bells Novelty Casting in Anniston, Alabama was casting farm bells from the original 1800’s CS Bell Co. molds. Bells Novelty Casting closed in the spring of 2007. Lower Bells casts 30 inch, 400 pound iron bells at their foundry near Knoxville TN.