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    • #10677
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Garry has sent some pictures of a brass windchime. He is wondering if anyone knows anything about it. He says:

      Another unique bell I stumbled upon.

      Has both a unique inside clapper (looks like a toy jack) and an outside one (Ball on rod). It is hung from a stylized Hand with 3 children playing on it. Note that it doesn’t use chain, but rather solid rods for hangers. Inside clapper is swung by triangle brass plate in wind. Bell skirt has a pair of molded v notches in it. Molded into the bell are the words: Our Children Our Future on the opposite side is a chicklet with some sort of swirl markings on it. Again I am looking for this history of this type of bell.

      If you can help, please post a response. If you need help posting, please contact me at coordinator@americanbell.org. Please be sure to reference this post as from “Garry – Our Children” if you are going to send information to me. Thanks

      Admin

      This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.

    • #13296
      hjlong
      Member

      The clapper and wind vane are reminiscent of the design used by Paolo Soleri in his wind bells, but the exterior design does not look like one of his bells. Perhaps this was designed by one of his students and used as a fundraiser for a children’s organization. If so, I’m sure that someone will immediately recognize it.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13297
      Garry
      Participant

      Interesting.

      ( as an aside, I had a quick look at Paolo Soleri’s work on the internet. It showed mostly ceramic type bells, but assuming the brass bells he made are similar… I think I have one of his bells too. It’s a very rough looking bell with a couple small slits formed in the skirt and the ‘jack’ type striker with a brass plate below to catch the wind. It hangs from a couple very thick bars with a circular chain link between. Looks very similar to the pictures of the ceramic bells.)

      I agree, I don’t think this one is his bell though. The Our Children bell is much more refined in texture and form (if I may put it that way).
      I made an attempt to decipher the Chicklet symbol and the drawing below (ignore the hand bell ones, that’s for another bell) is my attempt to show it.

      It defies my description but hopefully it will help in the identification of this pretty bell.

      Thanks!

    • #13298
      hjlong
      Member

      In Googling “Our Children Our Future” I found a site in New Mexico that is comitted to ending Global Warming and could be the source of this bell. Their focus would also fit with Paolo Soleri’s philospohy and it is possible that this bell was designed as a fundraiser or premium gift for donors to this organization. You may wish to contact them with your photos. It’s worth a shot.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13299
      Garry
      Participant

      I noticed the site before, but didn’t see anything on it relating to bells.

      I dropped them an e-mail. I’ll let you know the reply!

      Thanks
      GArry

    • #13300
      hjlong
      Member

      This is a Paolo Soleri Bell! If you check out http://www.cosanti.com you will see a picture of the same bell with a different hanger at the top. I would guess that he designed this bell for the group in Santa Fe, NM. You may be able to get details from the Paolo Soleri web site.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13301
      hjlong
      Member

      It is one of Soleri’s “Cause” Bells and is listed under Cosanti Originals for $179. Congratulations. The design in the rosette is the symbol for Cosanti Originals.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13302
      Garry
      Participant

      Fantastic!

      The site actually has the exact bell!

      I am going to also take a photo of the other one to see if it’s here too!

      Many Many thanks for Everyone’s help!

      Garry
      Alberta, Canada

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