Re: Re: Bell found in Southern Mexico
Although some of those Mexican-made bells are rather large, perhaps 10-20 pounds, the original Spanish Colonial mission and church bells were much larger, weighing hundreds of pounds or more. The chain with the striker attached to the end instead of a cast iron clapper is a good indication of a fake. Chances of finding one of the originals not in a church, public building, or museum and for sale are probably next to impossible. That 1878 Swiss bell has been in production for decades. I remember it being offered in the Vermont Country Store catalogue in the 1950’s.