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    • #11021

      Hello all, I am new here. I joined at my grandfather’s behest, as he recently discovered that he was in possession of a very interesting bell. He showed it to me because he thought perhaps via the internet I would be able to obtain further information. He spent the morning cleaning up this bell, and I’m hoping someone will be able to give me a history, as well as a price estimate.

      The bell is marked on the interior as “by SARNA India 62”.
      It is hexagonal, with a floral pattern on the outside.
      The height is approximately 3 inches, and the skirt diameter is approximately 2 1/8 inches.
      The bell appears to be made out of brass.


      Any help regarding this bell would be greatly appreciated.

    • #14282

      Good Morning and Merry Christmas!

      It’s a very pretty little bell. I believe it to be one of Sajjan Sarna’s manufacture, produced in India. I am not sure if the the 62 is the model or the year of manufacture – my research suggests it could be either – but I think it is the model/style number. I see a lot of bells originating from India, along with a plethora of other brass objects. I believe these types of bells were produced mostly as what we would call “good luck” type bells and used for small gift exchanges as well as the export souvenir market.

      They are nice, I own a couple myself. But because there is a large-ish number of them available, they don’t typically command high prices. If you can find some history, or tie it to an event, or something like that, then they are worth a bit more.

      Hopefully this helps and perhaps other Bell Talk members can provide more information!


    • #14283

      Just to add a bit to my last reply.

      Here are some examples of similar bells and how they can be displayed. It also has the price as this person is selling them:

      And again from here showing how they are put into sets:

      I have also seen them hung from a wooden dowel in a frame, which makes a neat display!


    • #14284

      The tradition of hanging small bells similar to these comes partly from market carts and partly from shop doors. Hanging a string of small bells on a herd animal, cart, or horse serves as a warning so pedestrians don’t get run over by the animal. The Sarna bells are a little bigger than bells that are typically used for this purpose, but they have been used on shop doors, where a string of bells, tied to the door handle, lets the shopkeeper know a customer has come in the door. Many Sarna bells were imported from India for bell collectors, as well.

    • #14285

      Thank you very much! I’m glad that someone knew what it was!

    • #14286

      Dear Rathnasty,

      Welcome to the “Bell Talk” Forum!

      There is a 20-page article about The Bells of Sarna written by R. Dean and Ardyce Shick in the American Bell Association’s official publication, The Bell Tower, July-August 1996. A bell with the same shape as your grandfather’s is listed, however, the photograph does not give detail. The Shicks have described this as a Holi (Water Festival) Bell.

      S. S. Sarna and his family were members of the American Bell Association for many years and contributed a lot to our organization. You can find out more about The Bells of Sarna, written in his own words, in the Library section of the “Bell Talk” Forum. Simply click on this link:



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