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      Within a few hours the year 2013 is coming to an end. I hope it has been a good one for all of you with many new bell findings.

      Last year I found on a trip to Mexico a bell with a Tucan bird as handle. I presented it as bell of the month in December 2012. A few weeks ago I came across another two bells of a similar type completing thus my tropical bird collection of three. These bell models show that also modern bells can be very special and attractive. I think they deserve to be presented here as first ones of the New Year. It would interest me if anyone in the ABA community has other models (birds) of the same type in the collection (double click on each picture for a better view).

      Happy 2014 to all of you.


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      Carolyn Whitlock


      As always, you have posted some unusual and fascinating bells for our enjoyment. Thank you for making the time to help educate us! I’ve never seen bells like these!

      Are these bells chrome plated, silver plated, or something else? The white bird looks like it might be colored with Mother of Pearl. Is that right? The green bird looks like it might be enameled. The black bird looks painted. Can you give us any detail on these beauties, please?

      Thanks and Happy New Year to you, too!

    • #17686

      Hi Carolyn,

      it is my pleasure to give you the following details about these bells:

      They are marked: Los Castillo, Mexico and silver plated. They are about 14 cms. high and all have a beautiful sound. The birds on top are made of natural materials. The speciality of this particular Mexican artisan family of Taxco is to decorate many of their silver or silver plated creations with typical animals of the local region like – as in this case – different birds. The white bird is made with pieces of Mother of Pearl (as you already guessed) and the black Tucan is of Onyx while the green parrot is a Malachite stone.

      At present these charming bells are decorating our dining table because they are really nice to look at.

      Best wishes again from here to all of you.


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