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    • #10889

      Richard writes:

      I am recent member of the ABA and have received Bell Talk which I enjoy.

      I will be sending an email to members of ABA regarding a 1776 Bell I bought in about 1978. I do not know it’s origination and have searched for years to identify where it was made. However, I have found no pictures of it.

      I have attached pictures for your review. Please let me know if you can identify.

      There are markings on the handle but I can not relate it to Roman Numerals or just the makers stamp.

      Thank You,


      If you can help, please post a response.

      This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.

    • #13871

      That is a beautiful “Swiss style” cow bell. It has obviously seen some use. I have never seen a bell exactly like it. I doubt that it was cast in 1776, but cannot unequivocally state that. It is clearly old given the style of the clapper. The figure on the opposite side of the date most likely is a trademark of the manufacturer. Hopefully, someone who sees it on this site will be able to provide more information. I am interested in knowing more about this bell myself. Thanks for sharing pictures of it.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13872

      I haven’t seen one like this either.

      I’m curious about the date.

      If it’s a Swiss or Austrian bell, the date doesn’t suggest a particularly significant commemorative year. The formation of a Swiss republic didn’t happen until 22 years later.

      The year matches the U.S. Declaration of Independence. It’s possible it’s a bell of Swiss origin that was made in 1976 to commemorate the American bicentennial. Many parts of Europe sold souvenirs, T-shirts, bells, and other items, in 1976 to celebrate American independence—possibly because they remember their own struggles for independence and also to keep in line with the American tourist trade.

      The bell looks fairly old, but not super old. I would guess the number is a commemorative year rather than the year of founding.

      It’s a nice bell. I like the little figure. The Swiss-style bells are good bells—sturdy, with good tone.

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