Am curious as to the date of these bells, their function (how/why would you ring a bell with a candle in it?), and whether they are worth enough money to hold on to. The inscription on each says “INDIA 236N SSS.” Have no idea what they’re made of – perhaps brass? The decoration appears like pinpricks. Thanks so much – I’ve enjoyed looking around your site.
I resized the pics to 160X120 but it’s saying can’t be more than 400 pixels???
These are Bells of Sarna Table Candle Holders. They are made in India of Brass and were sold in the 1960s. The number is the Bells of Sarna catalogue number. The set is probably worth about $25.
Here are the pictures of Julie’s candlestick bells:
Julie says she had read about the Bells of Sarna but these don’t say Sarna anywhere so she was sure if that’s what they were. She is probably right that these don’t say “Bells of Sarna” on them. However, the picture of the close-up of the shoulder of the bell shows on the right “SSS” which stands for “Sajjan Singh Sarna”, the name of the man who created and operated the import business. He was a loyal and active member of the American Bell Association.
To learn more about the Bells of Sarna, read the text of the program Mr. Sarna presented at the 1970 convention of the American Bell Association. It’s fascinating! viewtopic.php?f=19&t=656