Home Of Fishburne Military School Bell By Virginia Metalcrafters Waynesboro Va For Sale
Virginia Metalcrafters School Bell Waynesboro, VA (Home of Fishburne Military School) 15-1/2” diameter
Up for sale with is and incredible all original School or Church Bell that was sand cast over a century ago by Virginia Metalcrafters. This bell was purchased by me after I graduated from Fishburne Military School in approximately 1980 during a visit back to my alma mater for a class reunion.
See the YouTube video I made of it ringing here:
As best I recall I paid $425.00 for this bell that the General Manager of Virginia Metalcrafters told me it had been their display bell for over 75 years! They were no longer manufacturing bells and so they had just priced it to sell the day before I walked into their factory showroom in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. This bell is a huge 15-1/2” in diameter and is all original with the yoke, upright and bell all stamped with the number 2 and the yoke is stamped V-M Bell Co, Waynesboro, VA No. 2 on one side and on the reverse it is stamped No. 2 Yoke 1886. The upright is stamped Crystal Metal 2. I am absolutely positive that this bell is all original and that I am the only owner of this incredible relic. This bell weighs approximately 75 pounds as you see it. I am 6’ tall and it on the stand is almost as tall as I am as shown on the video. I will ship this as 2 separate packages or I welcome pickup in Annapolis, Maryland.
The stand will be disassembled for shipping after the bell is removed from the upright and then the upright will be removed unless I can find a good box that will hold it attached to the stand. I pack carefully and securely so it will make it to where it is going without damage. I estimate that the bell will cost $50.00 to ship to the 48 continental states and the stand should cost $50.00 also. After the sale pay the $100.00 shipping and after I do the shipping labels for both if the cost is less than $100.00 I will refund you the difference. If the cost is over $100.00, then that will be my present to you. If you decide to pick this bell up from me in Annapolis, Maryland, then I will refund your $100.00 shipping payment back to you in cash at time of pickup.
I took this down to my 39th year graduation, 2 weeks ago at Fishburne Military School and the reaction of the alumni and current cadets was awesome. It is time to share this bell with someone else, hopefully a graduate of Fishburne Military School as this is (to the best of my recollection) just like the second larger bell (which I did not see this past visit (as the smaller Navy bell was in protective custody to ensure it was not taken hostage as a practical joke during alumni weekend festivities) we used in our quadrangle for calling the cadets to formation three times each day!
The only other sale of a VM Virginia Metalcrafters bell on the internet I could locate was one very much like this that sold on a while back for over $600.00, but that bell had actually turned green from the exposure to the outside, so it's condition was no where as nice as this bell, nor was it as old!
Unfortunately like many USA factories, Virginia Metalcrafters closed their doors after 110 years in 2006 and all that is left is the memories of this great American factory!
Here is a link to their old website:
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