Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums General `Bell Stuff` Could Anyone tell me what kind of Bell this is?

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    • #11302
      ArtnSoul
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      Hello All,
      I’m new here, and trying to find out an answer for my parents. They purchased an antique bell at an auction, and they would like to know what kind of bell it is, and how old it is. They’re probably curious about the value of the bell too – since my Dad was bidding against an antique dealer who seemed to want the bell as well. Dad said he just really liked the bell because it was different. It is really beautiful – it has an intricate design on the top of it, and it has a lovely sound when you ring it. Any help that anyone can give is greatly appreciated! It is a round bell – I believe it may be a brass bell. The bottom half of the bell is made up of curved “tines”. I have pictures, but am unable to upload them. The program is telling me that the picture is too big.

      *Edit, She grabbed her son to figure it out for her. And I still managed to mess up the pictures. Oh well, at least they are on here now. :mrgreen:

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    • #15036
      halanb
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      This is known either as a Claw Bell (Tiger-claw Bell) because of its shape, or an Elephant Bell because of its function. They were attached to the harness trappings of an elephant and supposedly used to scare away tigers. They are brass, made in India, and often the incised designs are enamel filled. Some were made for the stated purpose, but many, perhaps most, were made as souvenir and export items. Yours appears to be a substantial copy and well made, as opposed to the flimsy models often encountered. Price/value depends on where and when sold. However, a dealer will usually not pay more than half his/her intended sale price, so you may have got a relative bargain.

    • #15037
      ArtnSoul
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      Thank you so much for your response! This is very interesting. It’s nice to know what it is!

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