Liberty Brass and Syroco Wood Long-Bell Door Chime
Following an acrimonious ten week factory strike in 1954 Liberty Bell Manufacturing closed shop in Minerva, Ohio in 1956, in favor of Swainsboro, Georgia. As early as 1954, Liberty Manufacturing had taken out ads in the Swainsboro High School Annual, so the move from Minerva might have been a consolidation of facilities.
This door chime is a bit of the missing link between the ascent of the Miami Carey door chime business as the Phillip Carey Company of Ohio purchased the Liberty Bell Manufacturing Company and apparently took over Edward’s door bell business. The back plate of this mechanism is identical in dimensions and shape to that of the later Miami-Carey Serenade. The Philip Carey company acquired Liberty Bell in 1960. I believe Liberty Bell was an OEM manufacturer for many of Edwards’s products which would explain that the last Edwards catalog I have seen is from early 1960.