Old Clay bells
December 22, 2009 at 4:53 pm #11336mommy2twinboyzParticipant
We have some old clay bells from my husband’s grandmother’s bell collection and would like to know if anyone can give us any information about them. Most of her bells came with little notes that told about the bells history and origin, but the notes have since been lost. On one of these bells there was a note that said it was found buried at the Great Wall of China and was believed to be around 2000 yrs old…… But we are not sure which bell the note belonged to. Any info you can give me would be great! It has been fun getting on this site and researching her bells.
December 22, 2009 at 8:13 pm #15497Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
Welcome to the “Bell Talk” Forum!
These bells appear to be in the style of Mexican-made bells that are made of lava or black clay. I’m sure others know more about them that I do.
December 26, 2009 at 4:50 am #15495Holly BarnesParticipant
I agree with Carolyn, these do look like the mexican lava bells. I have 2 or 3 bells made of this same material. One an angel holding a candleholder the second is just an angel and the other is odd it has 4 bells connected together with a hole in the center. Kind of like a wheel. it is a copy of an ancient instrument made by the Zapotecs(300 b.c. to 300 a.d.) of Mexico. Two of the books I have say they were made in Oxaca Mexico and are made of Lava or black clay. One says they are worth 10-20 dollars.Hope this is helpful.
December 27, 2009 at 9:21 pm #15496Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
There is a picture of the second bell in The World of Bells by Dorothy Malone Anthony. It is in the section on “Typical Mementos”. Mrs. Anthony notes:
Mexico. Girl, 4″ high, clay pottery. Originally made by an Indian family named Rosa in Oxaca, Mexico. Bells are all handmade without pottery wheels, rubbed with quartz for gunmetal color, then placed in underground kilns and baked three days. Clay Clapper, excellent tone.
The late Mrs. Anthony published at least seven books on bells. For more information about them, you may contact her son and ABA member, Alan Anthony. To contact him, go to the search box at the top of the page and type in “Alan Anthony.” Find Alan’s posting and click on his username “Nice1todealwith”. Click on his username beside “PM” (private message) and an email form will come up on the screen.
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