By Lloyd Graff
Ethamore Claar died at 55 near Pittsburgh. Among his possessions was a brass bell made on a National Acme screw machine at IMTS in 1971. Mr. Claar, known as Frank (the Ethamore came from his grandfather’s first name), worked his entire career as an engineer-draftsman for Kennametal, according to his niece Dorothy Miller who sold the bell to us for $15.02 on eBay.
This bell, which measures 2 1/4” high, was made on an Acme in a one part cycle with an elegant improvisation that somehow stuck the clangor into the housing.
I would love to hear from Acme aficionados on exactly how this was done and if they have recollections about the exhibit. I am offering the bell as a prize to the person who comments in the most interesting way about this intriguing engraved dinger.