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      Mrs.P1900
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      [attachment=1:86twy66f]IMG_9066.JPG[/attachment:86twy66f]Hello! I am glad that I found this forum 🙂 I recently picked up a very old bell at an estate sale in NC. The owner said the bell was a “slave bell” and that it had come from the Cowpens area of SC. He said that in his understanding the bell was worn around the neck of a slave. It is a very heavy bell with a nice low pitched ring.
      I had never heard of this kind of bell and was wondering if anyone could help me identify it? It does not have any markings that I can see on it. I have included three photos. Thank you very much! I bought it because I liked the tone of the ring but I would like to know if it has any history behind it. 🙂
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      It measures 5″ tall and 3″ across at the bottom. When I placed a magnet on it, it did stick. Thanks in advance!

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      Willie B. Herd
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      I think it’s a cow bell, due to the size, and a fairly wide strap will fit thru the yoke.

    • #17129
      hjlong3
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      It is a simple bell that was probably made by a local blacksmith. Since slaves were considered livestock, they could have worn a bell, but I would agree that this was probably a cowbell. Slaves that were prone to escape were either crippled or hobbled. They would have been able to remove a bell very easily.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #17128
      Mrs.P1900
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      Thank you! I am glad I bought it for the sound and not for the history then 🙂

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