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      Clochard
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      I’ve been caught with elephant bells from Thailand and Burma (Myanmar) bought on eBay. I guess there are still molds available and it is not difficult to cast new bells with them. The outside seems as if it has been treated to look like patina, but the inside is fresh and rough. There are no marks of wear inside the bells where the clappers strike and the clappers themselves are not well made. With English horse brasses that have one, two or three tiny bells on them, look out for ‘DL’ stamped on the back of the brass. These are not fakes but are modern replicas made by Don Livingstone of Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania, USA in the latter part of the 20th century. If you see ‘KB’ on the back, these brasses are also replicas made in the latter part of the 20th century but in England by Terry Keegan and Ron Baldwin, who worked together for 34 years. The small and easily unnoticed letters are not always present. Mt Keegan told me they quite often forgot to mark them. Most KB bell-brasses are faithful replicas of traditional patterns, but one in my collection with no initials on the back was identified by Mr Keegan as one of his several original designs. I recently saw a DL bell brass on eBay that had been put on a piece of old leather and was described as an antique. I e-mailed the seller to point out politley who had made it and when, and got a rude reply!

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