How do you display your bells?1
January 16, 2010 at 3:20 am #11237GarryParticipant
Here’s a question to all members! How do you display your bells? (Photo’s would be nice!)
Holly and I have been exchanging photos of our collections and I thought others might like to get involved in showing off their bells too. After all they are best shared, and who better to appreciate them than your fellow (fellowette ? 😀 ?) bell enthusiasts!
I am a bit of an eclectic collector, so you will see other things in amongst the bells that I have found over time. But I have been trying out different ideas on displaying the bells. For example I have a small hexagonal glass table (sorry no photo here) where the bells sit on a ledge under the glass top. I have some on a window ledge to catch the natural light. I live in Northern Alberta, my walls are made from 2×6 construction (not 2×4’s) for additional insulation space, so I have deep window ledges!
Here are some photos of other ideas I have to display them. One is a desk, but it stays closed a lot. I try and hang them (see the ‘my children’ example) as well. I have also put up a glass shelf set for them, but they seem a bit crowded.
Note the street car bell – here I tried to make a mounting for it – the bell has a photo of it with a writeup mounted below it. Also (sorry can’t actually see it in the photo) there is a small open ended wooden box with a toy street car in it as part of the display.
I have some setup as door bells outside the house as well.
I try and put a writeup with the bells as I get something interesting to put with it. It’s a standard 4×6 size, with a photo of it at the top left. I name the bell (ie napoleon bell) give it’s vital statistics (size, construction), any information I might have on it (the coronation bell being made from recycled church bells for example) and a code indicating when it was purchased and for how much.
The standard size allows me to buy inexpensive photo frames for them. But it is a challenge to display it all.
So what do you do?
Let’s see some of the ideas you have!
January 17, 2010 at 2:12 am #14870Holly BarnesParticipant
I just thought I would take this opportunity to encourage other collectors tobe proud of their collections. Other than for our own joy what other purpose would there be to collect than to show others?
I personally enjoy seeing other people’s bells and hearing their stories and the internet is such a great invention! I have seen bells that are on the other side of the world, what a treat!
My collecting adventure began as a joke. My husband brought me a bell he bought at a yard sale, “for MY collection”. I didn’t have a collection! So a few weeks later I, the funny person I am, bought him a bell, for HIS collection. So it went for a while until we finally decided we had a collection! For a while after that we would rate our weekend on the number of bells we acquired, for example if we bought 6 bells over the course of the weekend we had a 6 bell weekend. Three thousand bells later we have become a little pickier about the bells we purchase. Our small home is decorated in bell and we have one room totally dedicated to bells, to the dismay of our son, it used to be his room.
We have 5 bookshelves a 3 tiered wallshelf (10 ft. long) and several other smaller shelves that display our bells.They grace the top of our kitchen cabinets, our dining table and other shelves we have hanging on the walls. They have become a large part of our lives, and we have so enjoyed collecting and fact finding, not to mention hearing about others bells. I have met several other people who collect on this site who’s friendship and knowledge I value greatly. I have chit chatted with antique store owners and people at yard sales and antique sales and estate sales, all of which are very interesting people.
OK, maybe I need to get a life, but I for one would love to hear about, and see your collection.
I am not able to post pictures directly to this site but if Carolyn is willing I will send her a couple of pictures to go with this post.
January 17, 2010 at 3:59 am #14871AnonymousInactive
Holly’s Displays of Her Bells:
January 17, 2010 at 11:24 pm #14872AnonymousInactive
Wish I could say this was my display but it’s not. It’s the Valday Bell Museum in Russia! Larissa Franczek has sent a link to the museum’s website. What a gorgeous display!
To view a larger picture, go to http://benzinych.ru/benzin/6512
January 17, 2010 at 11:42 pm #14873kappsteParticipant
Ship bells under 50 pounds or so, I hang from my ceiling with a brass chain. These are bells that do not have bracket, just a loop of some sort at the top. I run the eyebolt that holds the chain to the ceiling through a 2 by 4 that lays across the rafters in my attic.
January 19, 2010 at 4:37 pm #14869Denise KushnerParticipant
I collect Lady Bells and Figural Bells only. I have a narrow shelf built all around my downstairs bathroom with Lady Bells on it. The figural bells I have upstairs on book shelves. The bookshelves are all around three walls of the living room and some have books and some have bells. That doesn’t sound too attractive, but they really are.
July 12, 2010 at 3:58 am #14868
I found a picture of a unique way to display your bells! Check it out at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23965366@N06/4190140447/
October 11, 2010 at 8:56 pm #14874
A new forum member, Jane Neuenschwander, has posted a question at viewtopic.php?f=16&t=3263 with a subject of “Clean or not to clean, that is the question.” She has put a link to pictures of her big bell. The pictures can be seen at http://picasaweb.google.com/mrsnwju/NeuenFarmBell#.
Go to the sixth thumbnail picture and double click on it to enlarge it. The bell has been mounted and is displayed in a beautiful way!
May 7, 2011 at 5:39 am #14875
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