Re: Re: double d handle bell
The double D allows this bell to be attached to a single leather strap without need for a buckle. The size and weight of the bell suggests that it was made to attach to horse harness. Because it would not ring well unless dangling from the strap, I would guess that it was attached to a Martingale. This is a piece of harness that connects the bridle or collar to the belly band and drapes from the horse’s neck, between its front legs. Martingales frequently have either large crotal bells or a series of cup shaped bells attached. I’ve not seen one like this but it was probably one of a set of graduated bells on a Martingale.
Harry Long, MD