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    • #11011
      Diane
      Member

      Two of us are trying to help one of our senior Chapter members document, photograph and catalog a bell collection she inherited from her father. We have run into a bell we are not sure about. We are hoping other ABA members can help us identify the bell and provide any relevant information. I have posted a picture here. We think it may be an older S.S. Sarna bell, but are not sure. The size is 7” wide x 7” high. It weights 2.5 pounds. The crest and “SSS 594 Java” logo are the same on both sides. Any help form other members would be greatly appreciated.

      PS. A message to all members and collectors – Please-Please save your family time, effort and frustration by documenting your collection. See the article “Cataloging Your Bells” posted here on the ABA site.
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      hjlong
      Member

      I have a similar set of graduated bells of similar design, but they have the seal if Iran on them and are advertised as Persian Camel Bells. This bell clearly has SSS which stands for Sajan Singh Sarna and Java indicating that it was made in Java. Sarna’s oldest bells from the 1930s and 1940s did not have a label and had a dark patina. He used a card with his name and an advertisement for the ABA on his smaller bells in the 1950s and 1960s. The number correlates with the Sarna Catalog number. This bell was probably made and sold in the 1950s or 1960s. Perhaps someone has a Sarna catalog from that era and can provide more detail.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #14247
      Diane
      Member

      Thank you, Dr. Long for your rapid and knowledgeable reply. You have set us on the correct path. Your ongoing assistance on this web site and through other ABA publications is always appreciated. One of the key reasons I jointed ABA a few years ago was to learn more about bells and their history. You are a fine example of why I stay with ABA and so much enjoy my membership – the helpful, knowledgeable support from other members.

    • #14248
      kyle
      Participant

      I have the same bell. I want to know some things about it. Where it comes from? How much is it worth?

    • #14249
      hjlong3
      Participant

      SSSarna contracted with brass founders in India and other countries to design and manufacture bells that were patterned after traditional religious and animal bells that were used in the various South Asian Countries. He had wooden water buffalo bells from Bali, various Indian bells, and others. These were made in Java and are patterned after Water Buffalo Bells. This bell came in four different sizes form about 3 inches diameter to about 8 inches diameter. My set is a graduated set on a nylon cord. The largest bell is probably worth up to $50 and the smallest about $10. A full set could possibly bring $100. They were produced and sold in the early 1960s by Bells of Sarna.
      Harry Long, MD

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