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1927 Liberty Chimes (by Kohler-Leibich) 4-Bar Railroad Dinner Chime

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    Posted 3 years ago

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    Hello CW friends and fellow collectors!!

    This is one of my estate sale finds today. It's a Liberty Chimes 4 bar dinner chime manufactured and designed in 1927 by John Bruno Kohler and Otto Leibich. These were used in railroad dinner cars. They were used to summon passengers that dinner is served.

    This one is numbered 81 and has a really nice tone to it. In fact, I read where that the Liberty Chimes company, who also produced organ chimes, is where the famous NBC chime came from.

    Thanks for stopping, looking and loving!!



    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 3 years ago
      love this, what a great find!!!
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thank you SEAN!! I thought so as well. I love the tones that this chime makes.
    3. Karenoke Karenoke, 3 years ago
      Very neat and interesting find.
      Love it!
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks Karenoke!!
      Lot of folks passed this up today, but I knew right away what it was and it's approximate value. So, I snatched it up as quickly as I could:)
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks everyone for the loves and for stopping in for a look


      Many thanks to you all!!!!

    6. Nicefice, 3 years ago I have NBC's three note chime stuck in my head...G..E..C :)
      Cool piece....Love It!!
    7. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      lol Kurt!! I've been annoying my wife all evening by playing that three note NBC chime on this piece. The dog goes nuts and my wife's about to throw me outside:)
    8. Nicefice, 3 years ago
      See? Now there you go....a collectible to be enjoyed by the whole household :)
    9. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Lol Kurt!!!!
    10. kerry10456 kerry10456, 3 years ago
      I WANT!!!!! one, very cool
    11. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks Kerry!!
      I've wanted one for quite some time now, but wasn't willing to pay the ridiculous asking prices I've seen. My patience paid off finally!!
    12. fortapache fortapache, 3 years ago
      Great item especially as it is train related. Trains and train travel were very classy in the long ago. The food on a train was good and not like airplane food.
    13. Gillian, 3 years ago
      Wonderful stuff. And to have that photograph too! Love the shoes on the ladies, hats as well.
    14. pajrr pajrr, 3 years ago
      I have a friend who owns an ex-Santa Fe diner that he runs charters with. He always calls us for dinner with a set of chimes. The passengers get a kick out of it.
    15. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Scott, this is just beautiful!!!
      Great that you knew what is was!! I did not know that such a thing existed....I am impressed!!!
    16. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks!! Other than train cases, this is the only piece of railroad memorabilia that I own. I've been on hundreds of planes in my life and the meals were about the equivalent of fast food. Never been on a train, let alone having a meal on a train.
    17. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thank you!! That photo is courtesy of wikipedia, but I thought it worked well as to show everyone how this chime was used.
    18. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      How cool that would be to own a train. That's really neat that your friend uses a chime to summon everyone to dinner. I'd love to be able to have dinner on a train and relive that era for one evening! Thanks so very much!
    19. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thank you so very much!! I had seen one years ago and was fascinated by it, so I researched it and found out what it was. That's when I knew I had to have one. The only problem was the prices that sellers were asking for one of these ($$$). I was lucky enough to bring this one home for a bit over $20.00 USD.
    20. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks everyone so very much for the loves and for stopping by


      Many many thanks to you all!!!
    21. Wandlessfairy Wandlessfairy, 3 years ago
      This really is cool x
    22. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks Wandlessfairy!! So glad you like it!
    23. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Scott! Incredible bargain! And as Gillian said, great to post the pic of how it was used!
      I would never have guessed what it was really :-)
    24. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks Kyra!!! I'm so very glad that you like it.
    25. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 3 years ago
      Cool find Scott ...You can use it for the game when ice cool beers are up
    26. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      That's a grand idea Gary!! I think I'll take you up on that idea:) Thanks friend for the comment and for stopping in!!
    27. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 3 years ago
      I love this and that photo!
    28. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Scott, Wow......fantastic price!!! Well done......Bet that got the heart rate going while trying to maintain the poker face!!!!
      Good for you, I really want one of these!!!
    29. roddyq roddyq, 3 years ago
      This is a great piece Scotty!! I've seen brass whistles, Lanterns of different types etc. in abundance. Nothing like this before:))
    30. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks vintagelamp! I wanted everyone to see how this was actually used.
    31. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      I knew exactly what it was when I saw it. The sales person even gave me an extra 10% off as it was the last day of the estate sale.
    32. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks Roddy!
      I don't normally collect items such as this, but for the price I wasn't gong to turn it down. It was pretty dirty when I got it and it took some serious cleaning, but well worth the price I paid.
    33. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks everyone for the loves and for stopping by


      Many thanks to you all!!
    34. Rick55 Rick55, 3 years ago
      Very cool piece Scott, and I love seeing it in action in your last pic! I recently went to a military function for my son-in-law, and at dinner time a Sergeant came around ringing something very similar to this . I never knew that outside of the military these things we used. Excellent find :-)
    35. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thank you Rick!! It was definitely a lucky find for me.
    36. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Thanks everyone for the loves, the comments and for stopping by


      Many thanks to you all!!!
    37. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      Thank you all very much for the loves and for stopping by!!!
    38. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 2 months ago
      This set really does look sharp jscott -- your work cleaning it up was well worth it and well done! :-) My former housemate had a similar set (needing restoration, sitting in a closet) that I need to snag one of these days, so's I'll then have a set of my own... ;-) ;-) :-) :-)
      Another aside -- besides their common usage onboard trains and for the NBC chime, similar sets can also find usage in certain kinds of churches, rung at certain points within their services for "liturgical purposes".
    39. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      Thanks AnythingObscure!! I've always thought this was a neat little item. I wasn't aware that these were used in churches, but I can definitely see where it'd work well in service for liturgical purposes.

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