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Bells foundry | history

From second half of XIX century the foundry have seen a quick progress, creating bells not only for Lombardy and Piedmont areas, but also for cities and villages in other Italian regions, in Canton of Ticino and, in first decades of XX century, for numerous italian communities in South America (Argentina, Brasile, Peru, Uruguay), in Malta and then italian colonies (Somaly and Libya). After the crisis caused by the second world war, during which bells have been requisitioned for the military usage of bronze components (copper and tin), the bell casting activities restarted supplying religious missions in different countries around the world (Congo, Somali, Kenya, Rhodesia, India, Burma, Japan) until sixties when the demand for bells gradually dropped down.

Santa Maria alla Fontana
The Napoleon age
The Barigozzi family
Bells foundry
Artistic castings

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Compound of nine bells in La Flat for Chiasso, 1935