Sorry to bother you with another Bells of Sarna question but this seems to be the best place. I feel like I pretty well understand the Bells of Sarna story and it is curious and interesting. I wish I had his marketing skills, but all I have is a couple of strings of bells. Here is what I have:
-Two strings of Bells of Sarna. One labeled, one not. The bells do have Sarna in the castings. The labeled string is dated 1949 and has the “Sacred Pipal Tree Bells” story. If I have read correctly this was the first year Mr. Sarna started labeling his bells like this (please correct me if I’m wrong)
My question are:
* Does the 1949 label have a significant impact on value compared to labeled bells from another year?
* Are labeled bells more valuable than unlabeled bells?
Understanding that value is in the eye of the buyer.
Older Sarna Bells are generally of greater value than newer ones. Having the complete string with label adds provenence and value. These are very nice strings and a welcome addition to any collection.
Harry Long, MD