For those who are interested here are some statistics, which you can pass right on by if you are not:
Composition: 70% copper, 25% tin, small amounts of lead, zinc, arsenic, gold and silver
Size of Crack: The crack is approximately 1/2 inch wide and 24.5 inches long.
The strike note of the Bell is E-flat
- circumference around the lip: 12 ft.
- circumference around the crown: 7 ft. 6 in.
- lip to crown: 3 ft.
- height over the crown: 2 ft. 3 in.
- thickness at lip: 3 in.
- thickness at crown: 1-1/4 in.
- weight (originally): 2080 lbs.
- length of clapper: 3 ft. 2 in.
- weight of clapper: 44-1/2 lbs.
- weight of yoke: 200 lbs.
- Length of visible hairline fracture: approx. 2' 4" (this and next measurement made by Park curator Bob Giannini in 1993)
- Length of drilled crack: approx. 2' 1/2"
- yoke wood: American Elm (a.k.a. slippery elm)
The original Liberty Bell announced the creation of democracy; the Women's Liberty Bell will announce the completion of democracy.
– Katherine Ruschenberger, suffragist, New York Times, March 31, 1915.
Its life as a working bell may have been short lived but the Liberty Bell has endured as a symbol of freedom and embraced by everyone looking to advance that cause. I don't believe that will change anytime soon since freedom is still under attack in many places and for many people.
Apologies once more for the spacing. I think I will have to give up on wraparound.