February 8, 2010 at 8:28 pm #11373AnonymousInactive
Susan in New Hampshire writes:
I have a brass bell that I got at an auction recently. It has a four-sided clapper and around the edge of the bell it has stars and the word “puritan” and I think the date 1622 (although it looks like it could be (1822). The bell is 5″ wide and 4 3/4″ tall. It seems the top of the bell is shaped for a strap and the clapper does not seem to be made for a string to ring it with. The only reference on the web that I could find was the exact same bell on ebay for a buy it now price of $395 (which they list the date on the bell as 1822). I was wondering if you knew anything about these bells? Thanks so much for your help.
The bell pictured is not Susan’s bell but is like it. It has the number 1492 on it.
If you can help, please post a response.
This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.
February 9, 2010 at 2:35 am #15632GarryParticipant
I believe this is an American animal bell. I am told that the ‘jack’ style of clapper in these indicates that it is an early model, which fits the date on it!
The Puritans were, as Google puts it,:
# a member of a group of English Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries thought that the Protestant Reformation under Elizabeth was …
# someone who adheres to strict religious principles; someone opposed to sensual pleasures
They rose to power in the 1600’s in the English Parliament and became a dominant force there by 1630. This was primarily due to the ” continued persecution by the Crown, the aristocracy and their own established Church of England” [ http://endtimepilgrim.org/puritans06.htm ]
I’d therefore suspect that the date 1622 is correct, and that it represents a major milestone of some sort in their efforts, given it’s proximity to the mentioned 1630 date. Perhaps they became an officially recognized member or got an elected chairman in place or some such. Some further research should tell you more! Finding that info is half the fun.
Hope that helps!
February 10, 2010 at 2:37 am #15631hjlong3Participant
This is the same design as the “Colonial” Bell from Bevin Brothers that was discussed a couple of weeks ago. I have not seen the Puritan Design, but I suspect that it is of a similar vintage as the “Colonial” Bell and is an animal bell.
Harry Long, MD
January 1, 2013 at 9:32 pm #15633hclavierParticipant
I have the same bell that Susan had described. Puritan 1622 with a cross clapper. Any further information available? Or more recent news on how much it could be worth?
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