Here’s a rather plain look bell with a very unusual wonderful ring to it. In fact I’d almost classify it as a chime rather than a ring. It’s the only one of this sound that I have been able to find so far.
Its a good size, 2 inches in diameter and about 3 inches high (including the strap attachment spot). It appears to have been silver colored at one point in time but most has worn off. It does not hold a magnet.
Another harness bell for horses? Perhaps for the lead lines? What is the cost of these bells? Manufacturer?
This is a single bell for a graduated set of “Swedish Style” Rump bells. These were mounted on a 3 inch wide leather strap and included either 4 or 6 bells on either side of the center of the strap. The bells were graduated with the smaller bell near the outside and the larger beel on the inside of the strap. It was positioned over the rump of the horse and attached at the center to the harness. These are cast brass and were made in East Hampton, CT.
These are made of cast bronze and the six segments provide a harmonic sound that gives the unique ring of these bells. Rump bells also uses pressed brass bells with 4 segments much like a sleigh bell, and they do not have as melodious sound as the Swedish style bells.
Harry Long, MD