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.
Attention to detail and craftsmanship have established Verdin bells as America’s finest.
Verdin offers bells that are smooth cast or customized with decorations that are either etched inscriptions or cast-in for an embossed look. This results in endless design options for your church, university or community.
Smooth Cast Bells
Smooth cast Verdin bells can be combined to create major and minor chord peals.
Etched inscriptions engraved into the surface of the bell are added after the bell is cast.
Embossed or cast-in design
Embossed or cast-in design is incorporated into the bell mold so that the design is physically raised and 3-dimensional. Decorative bands, logos and inscriptions can be cast-in.
Here are examples of some of the designs we’ve done in the past. More designs available.
Meneely (West Troy) Bells
The origin of the Meneely Bell Foundry began with the Hanks Bell Foundry in 1808, established by Julius Hanks with the assistance of his father, Benjamin Hanks. It was located in Gibbonsville, which became West Troy, which was renamed Watervliet in 1896. Andrew Meneely apprenticed with Julius after marrying Julius’ cousin. When Julius moved his business across the river to Troy, NY, Andrew purchased Julius’ property and started the Meneely Bell Foundry in 1826. Meneely bells were 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.
Meneely (Troy) Bells
There were two Meneely Bell Foundries operating under the name Meneely: Meneely and Company out of Watervliet, NY and the Meneely Bell Company out of Troy, NY. The split of the company came after the Civil War when Clinton Meneely came home from the war, fought with his brothers, and moved across the river to start his own bell company. Together, the two companies produced about 65,000 bells before they both closed in 1952.
The Buckeye Bell Foundry began operations in 1837. After its owner, George W. Coffin, retired, it was owned and managed by the partnership of Vanduzen & Tift. When C.T. Tift retired, it became the E.W. Vanduzen Company. The foundry provided Buckeye and Vanduzen bells for various chimes throughout the United States and many still hang in churches across the Midwest. The foundry closed in 1955.
There were two Stuckstede Bell Foundries in St. Louis, MO. One operated from 1855 until 1931, and the other from 1890 until 1962. The two foundries competed against each other, but together were the largest and longest-lasting of several bell foundries operating in St. Louis, casting and selling bells throughout the United States. Many of the bells that went to the American West were cast by Stuckstede as well as by the Garratt Foundry in San Francisco.
Verdin buys, sells, and installs historic, preowned bells
Contact us for pricing on historic preowned/used cast bronze bells, including: Stuckstede, Paccard, Meneely, Petit & Fritsen, Vanduzen, Taylor, Whitechapel, Gillett & Johnston, and McShane Bells.