Tagged: Church bell/ hand held
June 30, 2016 at 7:53 am #24627
June 30, 2016 at 9:39 am #24629Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
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June 30, 2016 at 10:37 am #24631
July 13, 2016 at 3:42 pm #24647
What an interesting looking set! What is the diameter of the bottom bell and how tall is the stack? What does the base look like?
I have a similar one, three bells, that I posted on this site. They have since switched to a different web server and I’ll have to find out if I can still pull that up for you. I am not familiar enough with the new system yet. It should have more information than I am giving here, if we can access it! Mine came from a now defunct church in the maritimes. It apparently resided in the barn until the folks died and then sold.
Anyway, what you have is called a ‘Church Chime’ (see page 15 of Collectible Bells by Donna S Baker, or page 102 of Elsinore Springer’s The collector’s Book of Bells for other examples)
Mine is capped with a cross finial where you have an angel and I only have 3 cups- but mine starts at about 10 inches in diameter and appear to be deeper. These are older Armenian/Orthodox Catholic Bells and were lightly tapped in a specific sequence during service with a wooden hammer. I gather that there are a couple of patterns that could be struck, depending on the ceremony or position in the service that it is being rung.
Sadly the ringing of bells is slowly being phased out in the churches. I remember a time that the steeple bells were rung at significant times during the day/week, but aren’t now mostly because apparently a minority of people thought they were noisy. (sigh)
Great bell you have!
August 10, 2016 at 3:21 pm #24751
HeyCat81. They fixed the search and I found my old listing. Unfortunately the photo was lost when the old site crashed so I’ll have to pull mine out of storage and retake the photo (or find the one I took before!).
Here’s the reply I got on mine ‘way back when’from Rita Walker:
You have a beautiful Altar Chime. I’m in my mid-eighties, and I remember when bells like those rested on the floor beside the altar in Catholic churches. They were struck with a leather-covered mallet at the time of the consecration of the bread/communion. The altar boys/acolytes would do the ringing, and there was a certain combination of three sequences played. At the sound of those bells, all heads would be bowed in reverence.
Gradually this type of chime was set aside in favor of smaller bells that often consisted of 3 or 4 cup-shaped bells that were attached to a frame and they were rung by a swing of the hand. In most instances each bell had a triple clapper mechanism fitted up inside. That type is still being used in many Catholic churchs today.
On another “note”….I might mention that I also remember elaborate sets of long Deagan tubular chimes that were attached to the church wall. They too would be struck with a padded mallet at the designated time.
I hope I have helped shed some light on your treasure.
Hope this helps!
August 10, 2016 at 3:33 pm #24755
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