Dog Bird Lion
March 28, 2008 at 1:26 pm #10836
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?
March 28, 2008 at 11:05 pm #13672hjlongMember
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
March 29, 2008 at 4:52 pm #13673
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!
April 6, 2008 at 9:51 pm #1367412tmra6Member
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
April 13, 2008 at 4:04 pm #13675Rita WalkerMember
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.
April 18, 2008 at 1:54 pm #13676
Thanks for all this great information!
I’m learning lots!
April 18, 2008 at 2:36 pm #13677Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
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April 21, 2008 at 2:27 pm #13678
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