Need Information on this Swedish sleigh bell
January 22, 2015 at 4:34 am #12497
Looking for information regarding this bell. It was brought to the US from Sweden in 1890 by my ancestors. It is cast brass or bronze with nickel plating. It has LINDERBERG * SUNDSVALL on it and is approximately 2 3/4 inches in diameter. I assume it was made in Sundsvall Sweden. There was a bell foundary located there from 1756 to 1888. Is there anyway to determine when exactly it was made? I assume it was part of a set that was placed on the rump of a horse. What is it worth? Can/should it be repaired/restored? If so, I would like recommendations for who could do the work? Any information regarding the bell would be much appreciated. Thanks
March 1, 2015 at 1:15 am #17914GarryParticipant
What a great bell! Called a Crotal Bell or Rumbler Bell or Jingle Bell now a-days!
I put a quick factoid sheet on these bells together a while ago on this site:
And, while it’s mainly geared around North American / Britain designs it is generally applicable to other places too. I see nothing in your bell that precludes it from being from the time frame you specify and, because of the square cut ends, I would feel that a date around 1800 would be entirely reasonable.
Does it, or the ‘pea’ inside hold a magnet? That indicates the presence of Iron. Many early versions actually used small rock pebbles for the pea. Higher end ones used scrap pieces of the bell metal to give a better ring. Really high end ones had rounded metal peas made for them.
Not sure what you mean about restoring, It looks like it’s in pretty good shape as is. Something that old should be restored ‘professionally’ if at all. Perhaps getting the leather component stabilized would be something to consider. I personally would NOT polish or otherwise ‘clean up’ the bell. The patina helps prove the age and no matter what method you would use (chemical, physical buffing, etc) polishing REMOVES particles of bell – damaging it.
I, and others, have posted a number of articles on these crotal bells, including links to show how they are made.
I am curious if you would check does it say lindeRberg or or lindeNberg?
I suspect it’s with the N, but I don’t see it in the photos. I usually find that the combination of two names with a splat between them typically means a marriage. It could be the combining of two foundries or the actual wedding between family members of each name. That’s where I’d start looking next.
Hope this helps!
May 10, 2015 at 8:16 pm #17915
Thanks for the information! The word you asked about is spelled LINDERBERG with an”R”. I read your factoid sheet and see where nickel plating would date the bell in the 1870’s, if it is indeed nickel plated. The bell was dropped in the 1960’s and one of the lower partitions was broken off and glued back on as you can see in one of the photographs. I would like to have it repaired if possible and practical. Can you recommend someone who I could talk to about restoring the bell? The pea is magnetic and looks like an iron marble. The leather the bell is attached to was something my great or great- great grandfather rigged up to hang on a horse. Would this bell have been part of a set? I really appreciate your feedback. Thanks again!
May 10, 2015 at 10:58 pm #17916
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