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    • #10450
      Glockensammler
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      I am looking for information (litterature, books, articles) on old handpainted animal bells (cow bells).
      They were made around 1920 from simple metal sheets and painted by hand with landscapes, villages on one side and usually carried the name of the village on the other side (e.g. Meran).
      These bells were sold to tourists visiting especially the Alpine regions of Austria, France, Switzerland and Germany.
      Would be interested to have a contact to other collectors for an exchange of ideas.

    • #12744
      Maybell
      Participant

      Hi Glockensammler, I have an old cowbell as you describe with wonderful naive paintings on both sides and a leather strap with quillwork. The leather and quillwork desperately needs restoring, and some of the paint has been lost.
      Are you sure about the date of 1920? I would have thought this bell is a lot older but I am no expert.
      On the back it has a village scene with gorgeously cute naive cows chewing the cud with little bells around their necks, there is also a church, hills and the name of the village.
      The bell is approx. 20cm across, 18cm high and 5 cm deep at the mouth. The strap is approx 9cm wide
      Do you know where I could find out more about its history? I have found the village but I tried ‘googling’ the name on the quillwork to no avail.


      Any info would be great.
      Kind regards
      Maybell

    • #12745
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Wow, Maybell! Those pictures are great! Thanks for sharing them with us all!

    • #12746
      Maybell
      Participant

      Hi Carolyn, glad you liked them so much. I couldn’t have posted them without your instructions, thank you. 🙂

      I enclose two more, one is the whole bell with strap from the front, unfortunately I couldn’t get it to thumbnail, but it gives an overall idea, the other is a detail from the back with those adorable cows (click to enlarge) Hope you like them.
      Best wishes
      Maybell

    • #12747
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      I love the fact that all the cows are wearing cow bells!

      I can’t help but think that the “folk art” experts on “Antiques Roadshow” would love to get a look at this bell!

      Thanks for sharing!

    • #12748
      Glockensammler
      Participant

      Sorry, but I have no information on your bell. To me it looks like a Swiss or Austrian made animal bell. Only a close look would permit to say something about origin and date. You mentioned that you discovered the name of the village. So it should be easy to find its origin from there on.
      Good luck in you bell collectiong effort.
      Greetings from Germany
      Manfred Bicker

      @Maybell wrote:

      Hi Glockensammler, I have an old cowbell as you describe with wonderful naive paintings on both sides and a leather strap with quillwork. The leather and quillwork desperately needs restoring, and some of the paint has been lost.
      Are you sure about the date of 1920? I would have thought this bell is a lot older but I am no expert.
      On the back it has a village scene with gorgeously cute naive cows chewing the cud with little bells around their necks, there is also a church, hills and the name of the village.
      The bell is approx. 20cm across, 18cm high and 5 cm deep at the mouth. The strap is approx 9cm wide
      Do you know where I could find out more about its history? I have found the village but I tried ‘googling’ the name on the quillwork to no avail.


      Any info would be great.
      Kind regards
      Maybell

      • #12749
        Glockensammler
        Participant

        I would like to remind my ABA friends that I am always interested to receive photos of bells made by Peter Tereszczuk. 🙂

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