Monday, January 25, 2010
Liberty Bell Buttons
The most famous bell in the U.S. is the Liberty Bell. It was cast in England and brought to America in 1752. It weighs 2000 pounds. During its first trial it cracked. It was recast in Philadelphia, but cracked again when it was used. A second recasting was necessary. It was hung and rang to peal out the beginning of our new nation on July 8, 1776.
When the first chief justice of the Supreme Count died in 1835, Liberty Bell was rung again, but it cracked once more and could not be recast. In preparation for the centennial of the U.S. in 1875, a replica weighting 13,000 pounds was cast and then hung in the tower of Independence Hall. With its large crack it can now be seen on a pedestal on the first floor of the Hall.
The vintage Liberty Bell buttons(above)2 brass,1 plastic are available under mixed materials @ Pegs Buttons