For some reason this style of bell “speaks” to me, and I buy all that I find if I do not already have one like it. My nickname for the style is “Chubby” because of the rounded shoulder and tapered thick handle. I have not been able to find who manufactured them. They are mostly souvenir or salt & pepper shakers, and the clapper is a piece of ceramic on a string installed with a cork. I have found a lot that were given out by banks to their customers at Christmas. The picture is of a recent purchase, and I sent an email with a picture to Cracker Barrell inquiring about its history. This is their reply, “I sent it to our Antique Decor Department and that is where I got the information on the bell. I can tell you this bell is anywhere from 45-48 years old. They were sold in the first 10 Cracker Barrel stores along with matching salt and pepper shakers, toothpick holder and cream pitchers. There would not have been that many made since we had no more than 10-12 stores in the Cracker Barrel chain at that time. Unfortunately we do not know who the vendor could have been.” Does anyone else have one of these in their collection?
Garry, I sometimes buy matching pieces to my bells, so I will be watching for the ones mentioned by the Cracker Barrel contact. Trying to find this style of bell at on-line auctions is hard to do because of how to describe them. 🙂