is this sarna?
February 13, 2010 at 4:02 am #11311
Ok you Sarna experts out there!
Here’s a bell that the hang tag says Sarna.
The quality doesn’t scream his work to me though.
Is it or isn’t it?
February 13, 2010 at 5:37 pm #15056Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
In the May-June 2009 issue of The Bell Tower, there is an updated reprint of Dean Schick’s 19-page article on Sarna Bells. There are many excellent photos of Sarna bells in this article. Unfortunately, the Doli (Palanquin) Bell is not pictured. However, there is a poor-quality picture of this bell in the July-August 1996 issue of The Bell Tower and it definitely is not the same bell you show in your picture.
Now, I will not go so far as to say that the bell in your picture is not a Sarna bell. It very well could be. In the same issue of The Bell Tower, there is a picture of Sarna’s Veranda or Patio Bell.
The commentary about this bell says:
Veranda or Patio Bell
In India, there is a great deal of outdoor living due to the warm climate. Most of the living quarters have verandas or patios which serve as a social meeting place for neighbors and friends. Many of the meals are eaten there, unless it is during the rainy season of the monsoon. Khaskbas (herbs) screens surround the veranda, and occasionally water is poured on them by the Bheestee (water carrier) to give air conditioning. Often, the guests are delightfully cooled by the presence of a servant with a punkah (fan). Preceeding dinner, the servant rings the veranda bell to announce soft drinks, Chotta Peg (hard liquor), and appetizers. Again, about eight o’clock, the bell rings out “Khanna Tiar Hai” (dinner is ready).
Interestingly enough, there is not a photo of the Veranda or Patio Bell in the May-June 2009 The Bell Tower and it may be because the bell was not readily available to be photographed. Unfortunately, I can not say for sure that yours is, in fact, the Sarna Veranda or Patio Bell. Perhaps someone else can.
My (unsolicited) advice to you, Garry, is to buy up as many old issues of The Bell Tower as you can find and look through them to familiarize yourself with the pictures. Then, when you see a “familiar” or “similar” bell, you’ll know that you have some information on it. I know you have bought some back issues and I’ll bet you have these two resources right in your own files! This is one research method many of us use.
By the way, don’t throw away that Sarna Bell Tag! You may find a Doli bell one day that doesn’t have a tag on it!
February 13, 2010 at 7:37 pm #15057
Thanks for the response Carolyn!
Your comments mesh with what I believe too. I do see a similar photo of the bell, as part of a stack set, in Donna Baker’s book. But there it says camel bells, PURCHASED by Sarrna! As in he bought some for his collection, is the way I read it.
I am trying to buy the bell for the tag.
February 13, 2010 at 8:20 pm #15058hjlong3Participant
This is a Sarna Bell. He sold a number of animal bells from throughout SE Asia. This has also been called a “water Buffalo Bell”. He sold many of these and also some wooden Bells in the 1960s in addition to his Indian Brass Bells.
Harry Long, MD
February 14, 2010 at 12:17 am #15059
Thanks for the Positive ID! Is the tag correct then as to it’s use/description?
February 14, 2010 at 11:04 pm #15060hjlong3Participant
The tag is probably original. My Grandfather bought one of these in about 1964 from the Sarna Catalogue.
Harry Long, MD
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