The first Meneely bell foundry was established in 1826 in West Troy (now Watervliet), New York, by Andrew Meneely. The bells were well known for their “beauty of tone.” The Meneely Bell Foundry supplied the replacement bell for Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, which originally held the Liberty Bell. Two of Andrew’s sons continued to operate the foundry after his death, and it remained a family operation until its closure in 1952.
Meneely (West Troy) Bells
Meneely-West Troy was an established by a third son, Clinton H. Meneely, across the river in Troy, New York and began casting bells in 1868. Initially under the name Meneely & Kimberly; the foundry reorganized in 1879 as the Clinton H. Meneely Bell Company, and then later as the Meneely Bell Company. It remained a family operation until its closure in 1952. Together, they produced about 65,000 bells before they both closed in 1952.
From 1837 to 1955, this Cincinnati, Ohio foundry cast bells under several names including: G. W. Coffin & Company, Tift, and Buckeye Bell Foundry. They provided bells for various chimes throughout the United States and many still hang in churches across the midwest. The foundry closed in 1955.
The Stuckstede Bell Foundry of St. Louis, MO cast bells from 1855 to 1962. This was the only bell company West of the Mississippi. There were other bell companies out of St. Louis that came and went through that time period, but the Stuckstede Bell Foundry was the only bell company to be able to successfully cast and sell bells throughout the United States. Many bells that went to the American West were cast by Stuckstede. The foundry closed in 1962.
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Verdin American Bells
Verdin’s American profile bells echo the profile, tone, and clarity of early American bells based on proprietary designs. The designs produce a more perfect vibration resulting in the richest, most musical tone and the largest sound. Every Verdin cast bronze bell is handcrafted using 21st Century technology combined with 19th Century musical tonality. The result: bells with unequaled musical tones.