Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums Small Bells Please help with Bells of Sarna

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    • #10867
      jenni_lynn
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      Hi, I bought my mother in law a metal detector for her birthday this month. Yesterday she found a small old looking bell in her backyard. Today we tarnix-d it and it looks to be brass. Its about 2- 3 inches tall and has four squared sides instead of being round. On the inside of it, it says Copyright SS OF SARNA INC INDIA. And on outside it says on 1st side “Jack and Jill”, 2nd side = “went up”, 3rd side= “the hill”, and 4th side= a picture carved of jack and jill going up a hill to a well. all the letters and pics carved into it look to be done by hand, they are uneven and every letter looks different. also at the bottom of each corner of the bell there are little stands or legs like it was made to sit on a desk. I have searched the web and cannot find anything about this bell. I was just wondering if anyone knew anything about this bell? I was trying to figure out how old it might be or anything about it.

      Thanks,
      jenni_lynn

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      hjlong
      Member

      S. S. Sarna (Sajan Singh Sarna) was a long time member and benefactor of the ABA. He originally came to America to study agriculture and founded an import company based on Indian Brass items that were cast by his family in India and carved by artisans of the Indian brass “cottage” industry. He imported numerous bells between the late 1920s and his death in the 1970s. Your bell is one of many bells that sold for less than $1-5 in the 1950s. Sarna bells peaked in popularity in the early 1960s during the “Hippie” generation and he added incense to his Indian Brass items. His company was known as “Bells of Sarna” and was headquartered in NYC. The company continues today as S.S. Sarna, Inc. and specializes in gifts and novelties, but not bells.
      Harry Long, MD

    • #13783
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      If you go to our ABA Library on the “Bell Talk” Forum, https://americanbell.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=19&t=656 , you will find a history of Sarna and his bells. Mr. Sarna wrote this himself. It is interesting reading!

      Also, if you go to our directory of articles from our magazine, “The Bell Tower,” you will see that you can order a copy of a fantastic article on “Bells of Sarna” that is over 20 pages long and identifies Sarna Bells with pictures and stories. The website is https://americanbell.org/files/080424_belltower_index.pdf. It’s in the Jul-Aug 1996 issue. The cost for non-ABA members is $5.00. The instructions for how to get a copy are at the top of the first page.

      Good luck!

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