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    • #10901
      Anonymous
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      Jane in Del Haven writes:

      I have a big copper bell with a wooden dangler (I’m not an expert, obviously). Is there a way someone can identify it for me? It’s rounded at the top, about 10 inches high, and 6 inches across. thanks, janie

      To see a picture of Jane’s bell, please click on the link below:
      http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3290/2591559408_33b531bd5e_o.jpg

      If you can help, please post a response.
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      This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.
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    • #13924
      hjlong
      Member

      This looks a lot like a Balinese Water Buffalo Bell. Does it hold a magnet? Is it thin or is it cast? Many of these were made out of sheet steel, riveted at the seem, and brass dipped. The wooden clapper is typical of Balinese bells as metal was in short supply. This was probably made in the 1920s-1950s. Other bells that have similar design are Swiss Cow Bells, but they usually have a steel clapper.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13925
      Anonymous
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      I just got a message from Jane saying:

      i just found out from the guy who gave it to me. He says its just a souvenier bell from Switzerland that came in all different sizes.

      Mystery solved!

      Admin

    • #13923
      Tiggy
      Member

      I feel sorry for the cow that had to lug that around! Is it lighter than it looks? 😐

    • #13926
      hjlong
      Member

      The style is certainly consistant with a Swiss Cow Bell of Pressed steel and brass dipped. The mounting bracket is odd since it appears to be steel rods and not the welded pressed steel that is usuall for these bells. They also usually have a steel clapper and not a wooden clapper. This bell must have been repaired over the years.
      HJLong, MD

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