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Milo ? – Milo modified ? – Not Milo ?

Milo introduced their Monarch line in the 1920s which included Kettle-bell handles. The plates were held in place on the kettle-bell by a collar which was tightened at any place on the shaft by a bolt. I don’t have a photo of these handles. What you see in the photos here is one of a pair of kettle-bell handles. The major difference seems to be that the bottom of the shaft here is threaded & the plates held in  with a washer & nut. With this set up, unless the kettle-bell was fully loaded the plates would of course slide up and down the shaft which wouldn’t work very well ! As far as just the handles go, less the threaded end, I think they are Milo.  If that’s correct someone did a lot of work to make these handles usable. Why they didn’t just get collars, who knows? It was a different age. If you know anything about these handles or have an opinion  please advise.Milo Monarch # 2 Milo Monarch  # 1 Milo Monarch #3


This is a 1908 Milo Triplex “ring weight”. The bell has two halves, one for the four plates shown and the other half can be loaded with shot or other material. The close up shows the shot port where shot or other material can be loaded.Milo Cap for the shot port The bell is appox. 25 lbs. and the four weights are appox. the same weight.Milo 1908


BUR BARBELL CO was in business from 1928 until 1966. The company started in Bradenton FLA. and Birmingham, Ala. They moved to Lyndurst,  NJ after World War 2. Actual manufacturing began in 1931. Dave Hall was a high school math teacher before he started the company. Perhaps because he was a math teacher he had a numbering system for his plates as follows. Plates # 0 are 1 1/4 lbs, # 1 are 2 1/2 lbs., # 2 are 5 lbs., # 3 are 10lbs., # 4 are 20 lbs., # 5 are 40 lbs., # 6 are 50 lbs. The 1 1/4 and 50 lbs .plates  are BUR-BEL only. Hall designed this numbering system to work with an exercise record keeping system. The Lyndhurst N. J. (reverse) and 10 LBS. NO.3 (front) are from the 1940s-50s. The B   N    L    A. (Bradenton Fla.) plate is from the 1930s. The BUR plate with yellow paint, don’t know if this was a very early plate, a transition plate from BUR-BEL to BUR or perhaps prototype. ?Have not seen another like it. The 10lb BUR with silver paint has a 1 1/16″ center hole and is from the 1950s-60s.