Bevin Brothers Manufacturing Company

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Bevin Brothers
TypePrivate
FoundedEast Hampton, Connecticut, USA (1832)
HeadquartersEast Hampton, Connecticut, USA
Key peopleMatthew Bevin, President
Websitewww.bevinbells.com
 
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Bevin Brothers
TypePrivate
FoundedEast Hampton, Connecticut, USA (1832)
HeadquartersEast Hampton, Connecticut, USA
Key peopleMatthew Bevin, President
Websitewww.bevinbells.com

Bevin Brothers Manufacturing company (also called Bevin Brothers) is a family-owned bell foundry located in East Hampton, Connecticut.

History

It was founded by brothers William Bevin, Chauncey Bevin, and Abner Bevin in 1832. They were later joined by a fourth brother, Philo Bevin.

Its website claims that it was the first company to produce the first bicycle bells as well as the first foot gong used in an automobile (the bell was patented in 1897). The foot gong is a bell that was beneath the floor of early automobiles and was rung by pressing it with your foot. It has since been replaced by the car horn.[1][2]

Through the years more than 30 companies have made bells in East Hampton earning it the nickname of "Bell Town." Bevin Brothers is the only remaining bell manufacturer in East Hampton and still remains in the Bevin family.[2]

Through the years it has made sleigh bells, house bells, cow bells, sheep bells, door bells, and ship's bells.

On May 27, 2012, an industrial fire ran out of control and razed the Bevin Brothers mill. In the wake of the fire, Bevin Brothers' future as a bellmaker was uncertain. [3][4] At the time of the fire it was reported that it was the last company in the United States to solely produce bells. It had 19 employees and was reported to make 1.2 million bells in 200 varieties.

Notable bells

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