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    • #10836
      Garry
      Participant

      An interesting new bell I just picked up.

      I think it’s a mass produced orthodox related souvenir bell of some sort. It appears to be bronzed iron and has the names Mathew, Lucas, Johannes and Markus embedded in it. They symbols of a Dog, A Bird, and a Lion (not sure where they come into the picture) are also on it. The handle is unusual, in that it’s a loop rather than a solid tube shape. It’s 3.5″ tall and 7.5″ around at the bell.

      Anyone else out there have any other observations, ideas, information on it?

      Thanks,
      Garry

    • #13672
      hjlong
      Member

      This is a brass souvenir bell and is known variably as the Apostle Bell or Evangelist Bell. Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John are the Apostles of Jesus and are the Evangelists and purported authors of the Synoptic Gospels + John of the New Testament. The symbols below their Latin names are the symbols that represent them: Angel-Matthew, Lion-Mark, Ox-Luke, Eagle-John. These bells are quite common and are found in Belgium & France as souvenir bells.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13673
      Garry
      Participant

      Thanks Harry!

      I caught the biblical names but haven’t got the bell in my hands yet (it’s in the mail) so I guessed correctly at the root source. It’s great to get a knowledgable answer so fast with the details! Your help is much appreciated!

      Garry

    • #13674
      12tmra6
      Member

      Hi, Just wanted to mention the the apostle bell was used as a base for many bells, I have a large bronze
      bell with a Joan of Arc head and shoulders, and also one that is an ink well. I have also seen it as a base for a candle stick holder, for 1 and 3 candles. Enjoy your bell

      Lora Pecor

    • #13675
      Rita Walker
      Member

      Just “ringing” in with another thought. I tend NOT to refer to your bell as an APOSTLE bell. I have an Apostle Bell in my collection which is entirely different and has the raised likenesses of the Twelve Apostles around the skirt along with many other religious symbols. This particular bell of mine is also referred to as the St. Peter’s Bell and/or the Pope’s Bell. However, I prefer the title APOSTLE’S bell. Because your bell depicts the FOUR EVANGELISTS; Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, (I have one similar to it), I conclude that it more properly should be referred to as the EVANGELIST’S bell. Hope I’ve added another dimension.

    • #13676
      Garry
      Participant

      Thanks for all this great information!
      I’m learning lots!
      Garry

    • #13677
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Dear Garry,

      Just think how much more you could be learning if you were a member of ABA! We have chapters in Canada, too, you know! But, even if you’re not interested in joining a chapter, The Bell Tower magazine is worth the price of the dues! It opens a whole new world of bells! And, as you’ve seen, the people are wonderful!

      Check us out at https://www.americanbell.org/join.htm

      Thanks for your consideration!

      Carolyn Whitlock, Chairman
      ABA Membership Expansion Committee

    • #13678
      Garry
      Participant

      😀 Chuckle! 😆

      Yes, Carolyn! I have sent in my registration! Haven’t heard back so far, but it’s pretty early yet.

      Garry

    • #13679
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Garry,

      Here’s a great, big Welcome, Garry to you!

      You’ll be hearing from our membership chairman, Ron, very soon. He’s right on top of things!

      You’ve just entered a whole new world! Enjoy!

      Carolyn

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