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    • #11973
      kbkb
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      Hi,
      I’m looking for help on determining the approximate age and possibly history of a bell in Texas with a 15″ diameter and 14″ height.
      The previous owner was thought to be a collector of Spanish and Latin American art but nothing else is know on it’s history.

      Here is a link to download a photo of the bell, a video showing the bell(IMG_0695), and a video of it ringing(IMG_0692).
      https://www.yousendit.com/download/T2dkZGl1K3hwTVUxWjhUQw

      Is it likely a reproduction? How old might it be?
      Thanks very much for any thoughts on it.

    • #16798
      jackbell
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      It was made in Mexico mid 20th century as a souvenir item. These turn up frequently on eBay, some bearing false dates from centuries ago.

    • #16799
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Jackbell,

      I rarely disagree with what you post on the “Bell Talk” Forum. In this case, this bell doesn’t strike me as a Mexican-type Souvenir Bell. You are much more of an expert on big bells than am I. What makes me question this is that the designs on the Mexican-type bells are frequently of a religious theme whereas this bell has horse heads and horse shoes on it. Also, the shape of the crown on top is not typical of the Mexican-type bells.

      I don’t claim to be right on this. I just question if this is, in fact, a Mexican-type Souvenir Bell.

      Carolyn

    • #16800
      jackbell
      Participant

      Carolyn: I think the horseshoe motif was supposed to appeal to tourists from the western states. Hopefully, we’ll hear from Max and Dr Long.

    • #16801
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      ALERT!
      This bell is currently listed on an online auction site. Obviously, kbkb is not interested in keeping the bell. I will not spend any more time trying to find out information about this bell.

    • #16802
      kbkb
      Participant

      Hi Jack and Carolyn,
      Thank you for your time and thoughts on the bell.
      I don’t own it but am considering buying it.
      I’m looking for more info for that decision.
      I appreciate any and all help.
      Thanks,
      KB

    • #16803
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Thanks for the explanation.

      Carolyn

    • #16804
      maxkurillo
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      HI Carolyn, Jack and kbkb. Carolyn is correct on the Mexican type bells, this one has clean lines smooth sides and the crown is not like the crude casting of the Mexican type, the icons do not fit the patters that I have seen on the Mexican type bells. Now I must say that some of the Mexican foundrys have cast some very beautiful bells but the ones we are in reference to are the ones for souviner trade, this one was probably made for a ranch, or business that traded in house items. To date it, would be quite impossible..It’s a nice bell and I hope it speaks well. Max

    • #16805
      kbkb
      Participant

      Thanks for your thoughts, Max.

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