Christmas bells & ornaments
December 18, 2010 at 9:41 pm #11655halanbParticipant
The picture on the left shows a ceramic bell (4.5 in, 11 cm) with a manger scene from the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville IL.
The picture on the right shows two ornaments – a silver-plated Santa (3 in, 8 cm) and a gilt tree and stand (2 in, 5 cm). Both have small clappers.
If readers have pictures of other Christmas bells or ornaments, please augment this post.
December 19, 2010 at 3:12 am #16152GarryParticipant
I have a few of them, but this is my favorite.
It’s new (2010), and I got it from California.
No markings that I can find, but there was a 1 inch label pasted inside that someone removed (probably the price tag that the reseller took off).
It’s very heavy for it’s size, Just under 3 inches not including handle.
I see a lot of detail in it so it’s very well molded, to the point you can make out an expression on his face!
The other few Christmas Bells I have are Ceramic (also pretty) and a couple cheaper brass types.
December 23, 2010 at 4:45 am #16154
“Swedish Christmas Bell–also sometimes called the Swedish Liberty Bell. This bell is an authentic* model of the renowned bell of the Mora Church . The bell was given to Mora by King Gustaf Wasa in the 16th Century to show his gratitude to the brave Dalecarlians who helped him to defeat the Danes. By this victory a new epoch was introduced, which made the Swedish name known all over the world.
The Swedish inscription on the bell means: Peaceful Christmas, Oh when during Christmas they ring the urging sound of the bells, oh may they bring to my heart, the tidings of the salvation from God.
*The authentic models have the word Mora and Gjuten on the top of the bell.” – Louise Collins
This bell was bought by my mother at the Brimfield (Massachusetts) Flea Market in September 1974. She paid $8 for it. I have not cleaned or polished it.
December 23, 2010 at 5:45 am #16153
These Three Wise Men bells were made by the Gorham Manufacturing Company. The bells are made of bronze with a coating of silver plate. I did not get the tag that came with the bells when I bought them so I don’t know what Gorham had to say about this lovely set. If you have the original information, I’d appreciate having a copy of it.
The Three Wise Men (also referred to as the Three Kings, and as the Magi) were always a part of the Nativity scene. The story of a visit of wise men to the Christ Child is told in the bible in St.Matthew 2:1 tells us: “…Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem . . .” This Bible passage doesn’t state how many wise men actually came from the east nor does it mention their names or their method of travel. It is only assumed they traveled by camel and they could have easily traveled by foot. The Bible doesn’t claim these men to be kings, however it is speculated they were at least learned men and perhaps even astrologers.
Matthew 2:11 mentions three gifts that were presented: “… they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.” Several Eastern religions have claimed up to twelve wise men made the journey to Bethlehem.
According to medieval legend the names of three were Melchoir, King of Arabia, who brought gold; Gaspar, King of Tarsus, whom brought myrr; and Balthasar, King of Ethiopia, whom brought frankincense. These three names do not come from the Bible and did not appear in Christian literature until five hundred years after the birth of Jesus.
It is interesting to note that in St. Matthew 2:11 it states: …and when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him…” The statement of coming into a house instead of a stable (or cave) and seeing a “young child,” not a newborn, leads one to think that the wise men didn’t arrive until quite some time after Jesus’ birth. It is believed that the wise men came from the east by following a bright star that led them to to Bethlehem.
Many believe that these gifts brought to the Christ Child by the wise men may well have been the origin of our present-day custom of gift giving at Christmas – or as may religious people believe it it a showing of our desire to emulate the unselfishness of Christ. Whatever the origin, the practice has become universal.
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December 3, 2011 at 7:32 pm #16155
A year ago, someone wrote and asked me if I had any more information on Gorham’s “The Three Wise Men” bells. My call for information has gone unanswered. So, again, I ask if anyone has the original booklet that came with the bells, could you please send me a copy or transcription of it? Please send it in a PM.
I found an identification of the Three Wise Men bells online:
Melchior who has a gift in one hand and stands 5.25″ high, Gaspar who holds a gift in both hands and stands 5.5″ high, and Balthasar who is kneeling and is 4″ tall.
Thanks, in advance, for your help!
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