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    • #12159
      eclarson
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      Hi,
      I recently took possession of my grandmother’s bell collection consisting of several hundred bells ranging from cheap “toy” bells to some fascinating antiques from around the world. I’m totally ignorant of the world of bell collecting and am debating on whether to keep them all or try selling some of the more unusual items.

      Would it be proper to post some photos of the collection to see if anyone here could point out those that might be worth selling? Of course, I’d like to show what I have purely out of interest to the forum members if nothing else.

      Thank you.

      Sincerely,
      Eric

    • #17224
      Willie B. Herd
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      Sure, we’d like to see it. 8)

    • #17225
      eclarson
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      As you can see, I’ve acquired a rather interesting collection. Fortunately, she number tagged the bells and kept a notebook (visible in one of the boxes) recording how she obtained each and when.

      It wasn’t until I went to post the photos that I learned they must be 400 x 400 pixels or smaller so I apologize if it’s hard to see what’s what in some of the photos. If anyone would be interested in seeing any of the higher resolution originals please feel free to email me and I’ll send them to you.

      This is from an old baker’s shop.

      Of them all, I think this one is my favorite. 🙂

      A bunch of what look like various size sleigh bells.

      A couple of the more unusual items.

      I think that pretty well covers them!

      Eric

    • #17226
      Willie B. Herd
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      Thanks for the pics….U have a great collection! You can create a photobucket account, (an image hosting website) then U just post the link for pics…and the size of pic doesn’t matter.

      Ebay is probably your best bet to sell, and to shop-and-compare….good luck! 🙂

    • #17227
      eclarson
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      @Willie B. Herd wrote:

      Thanks for the pics….U have a great collection! You can create a photobucket account, (an image hosting website) then U just post the link for pics…and the size of pic doesn’t matter.

      Ebay is probably your best bet to sell, and to shop-and-compare….good luck! 🙂

      You’re welcome! I have a Photobucket account, which is where the above photos are linked from. You’re right, I should have thought to just post a link to the album! I re-sized them on Photobucket so I could post them here but I’ve created another album with the full size originals. You can see it here:

      Bells

      Now that I’ve had time to become reacquainted with the bells, I’ve decided I don’t want to part with any of them! Whenever we visited my grandparents during my childhood, looking at Grandma’s bell collection was something I always looked forward to.

      They were all kept in a lovely wood and glass cabinet, but it was sold a number of years ago. I’m just glad the bells didn’t go with it. Now I’ll be shopping for a new cabinet. 🙂

      Eric

    • #17228
      Garry
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      You have a great cross section of bells!
      Some of them are very hard to get.

      I am happy that you are shopping for a cabinet to keep them in, it means they are staying together, that’s great news.

      I suggest taking a bell at a time and doing some research on it. Get the history of the bell, the manufacturer, what it represents that kind of thing. You really learn a lot more than just the bell itself when you do that – it makes history come alive. I like to put writeups of what I find with my bells.

      Garry

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