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    • #10853
      Garry
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      I managed to pick up a couple unusual bells this weekend. Just looking for some background information on them. They are the first of this type I have seen that are actually decorated. (see photos) Both have the same design but the bigger one has an “8” stamped on it while the smaller has a “7”. I believe that the numbers refer to the bell size and that the bells themselves are decorative harness bells for horses. I have no idea of the manufacturer or relative value of these bells.

      Am I correct? Anyone out there with further information on them?

      Thanks,
      Garry

    • #13743
      Garry
      Participant

      I should also add that this bell does not hold a magnet!
      Garry

    • #13744
      hjlong
      Member

      These are typical “Petal” style sleigh bells. The numbers do represent the size of the bell. Over the years, sizes 00-18 were produced by various manufacturers. Early bells included the initials of the manufacturer, Hiram Barton, William E. Barton, etc. Later bells simply listed the size. These may have been produced by the N.N. Hill Co. of East Hampton, CT. Their molds were subsequently acquired by Bevin Brothers Bell Manufacturing Co. Strings of sleigh bells often included all of one size for the smaller bells to be used with smaller carriage horses and heavier graduated sets to be used with larger draft horses.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13742
      Garry
      Participant

      Wow Harry, You sure know your stuff!
      I was wondering if the decorations, were at all unusual. I have been seeing these in various antique and rummage sales etc. but never decorated ones. I suspect that’s because you would have to be pretty close to the horse to even see them. Are they common then, and just something I haven’t stumbled across regularly?

      Garry

    • #13740
      hjlong
      Member

      Garry,
      If you want information on various horse bells I would direct you to . This site has considerable information about horse bells and also has horse bells for sale.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13741
      Kallie Bell Gal
      Participant

      Howdy, I have enjoyed your give and take about these “jingle” bells. I wanted to thank HLong, MD, for the classicbell website. This is not the type of bell that I am most interested in, but I thoroughly enjoyed perusing that site.
      Sam

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