At Spike’s Trophies, we have a wide variety of high-quality trophies, sculptures, and other sorts of awards. With Independence Day just around the corner, there is one such sculpture that we are honored to highlight; our line of Liberty Bell replicas.
The timeless message on the Liberty Bell reads: “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof” – a Biblical reference from the Book of Leviticus (25:10)
A legendary symbol of freedom, hope, and of course, liberty, the Liberty Bell inspired many. Abolitionists, Civil Rights leaders, and women’s suffrage advocates alike all took inspiration from this now famous inscription over the years.
Back in the day, it was known as the State House Bell. It was held in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House, which is now known as Independence Hall. In 1751, Isaac Norris, Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly, initially ordered a bell made for said tower from the Whitechapel Foundry in London. It cracked during the first test ring. Right here in Philadelphia, local metalworkers John Pass and John Stow melted that very bell in order cast a new one. It was this bell that would ring to notify the townspeople.
The time and place of the initial crack of the Liberty Bell are not on record. But it was in 1846 when the city elected to repair the bell before George Washington’s birthday holiday. Workers widened the thin crack to stop it from spreading further. Little known to most, that wide crack in the Liberty Bell is actually this repair job. If you look carefully, you can even see the marks from the drill bit. Thus, the repair was unsuccessful due to the development of another fissure. It was this second crack that officially silenced the bell. It runs from the abbreviation for “Philadelphia” through the word “Liberty.”
It is now on display at The Liberty Bell Center, open year-round from 9:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M for all to see. This expansive location consists of interesting historical documents and more that examine the facts and the myths about the bell.
Go home with a small piece of Philadelphia by getting a personalized replica of the Liberty Bell, carefully crafted by Spike’s Trophies! Don’t hesitate to give us a call by dialing 855-652-4030. Also, feel free to browse the rest of our website to check out our entire lineup of awards.