While cleaning out my wife’s great aunt’s house (she recently passed away at the age of 101) we came across a set of three small bells on a rope–and despite extensive searching online, I have not been able to find anything else like them. Attached here is a photo; the biggest of the bells is about 2 1/2″-3″ tall, maybe 1 1/2″ wide. I’m not sure if they are made of bronze or if it’s just tarnished brass (I don’t want to clean them and ruin the patina). My first thought when looking at them was that they have an Eastern look, maybe Indian or Chinese or something… but again, I haven’t even been able to locate any photographs of bells in a similar style.
If anyone can help sate my curiosity, I’d be grateful. 🙂 I have a different set of three bells, more traditionally bell-shaped, so I’m also wondering if there’s a general name for sets like these (i.e. three bells of ascending sizes, obviously designed to be hung on a rope)?
These appear to be Bells of Sarna from the late 40s or early 50s. Do they have an inscription inside? Later Bells of Sarna had SSS and a stock number. Earlier bells had an external tag that explained the bells and had the Sarna name on it. They are made in India and imported to the US. The cord allowed the bells to be hung and rung when bumped or shaken.
Harry Long, MD
Thank you so much for taking the time to review my question. I feel quite foolish–you are correct, there is an engraving on the inside of the bell, at the very top. Bells of Sarna, India. And the number “66” or “99” (if that’s the year, then obviously 66, but you said it would probably be a stock number). No tags, unfortunately.