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      Several years ago I purchased a bell from ebay and I am now wondering about its origin. It has a 1811 date and 666 or CCC or GGG on the bell and an image of a man a child and a bird. I have attached potos of the bell and the extra images.

      Does anyone know what the origin of this bell might be?

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      Hi and Welcome!

      What you have is a “Mexican” type souvenir bell.

      Per an article in the March-April 2009 issue of the “Bell Tower”* volume 67, Number Two pages 9-15 by Max Kurillo and Erline M. Tuttle:.”

      These are “Mexician” type souvenir bells that are still made in atleast two locations in Mexico and are big sellers to the tourist trade. These bells belong to a group of bells that we have been researching for years. These strikingly beautiful bells first appeared in the USA early in the 1950s in Chicago. They range in size from 2 inches high to over 18 inches, from a few ounces to over 30 pounds, and the dates range from 1808 to 1820. Most are covered with designs, symbols, marks, ridges, and icons, mainly scattered patterns, while others have what seems to be organized symmetry. The crowns can be a variety of designs from a pad with simple holes, to an elaborte design, and to a four loop-type crown.

      Also, if you type in Mexican bell, “1811 bell” or Max Kurillo in the search box in the upper right corner, you can find all sorts of discussion regarding these bells.

      While these type bells are marketed on auction sites or in antique shops as being “antique”, the bells are not.

      *The “Bell Tower” is the official publication of the American Bell Association International, Inc.

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