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    • #12592
      gasman101
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      I am helping my brother out with this bell strap he purchased. I looked the strap over and could not find any manufacturer’s marks. The strap consists of 24 bells. The top and bottom twenty of the bells are ovaled. I assume this is the original factory design. The middle 4 are round. As you can see, there is a bell missing from the top and bottom row. I would like to find replacements. Ideally, I would like to find bells similar to the missing two. Other options would be to move one bell from the bottom to replace the top missing bell then find two similar bells for the bottom or to remove the top and bottom bells and find four similar bells (round ones?). The missing bells measure 1 7/8” tall, and the opening of the bell is 1 3/8” by 1 5/8”. There are two measurements because of the oval. Would anyone on the forum be able to help me with this project?

      I also plan on “conditioning” the leather. I ordered some Pecard Antique Leather Dressing on line. In the past, I have used neatsfoot oil on some of the straps I have but have read that this eventually leads to leather breakdown. Does anybody have any opinions of this as well?

      I love the sound of sleigh bells so much, I have a small strap on the floor in the back seat of my car. It provides constant “music” for me while driving along.

      Regards,
      Gary

    • #18023
      Garry
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      That is a great set!
      Thanks for sharing it with us.

      Actually you probably have two options:
      1) watch places like ebay for similar bells. This would likely get you ‘period’ correct (aka antique) ones.
      2) go to a bell manufacturer and get some made. For example do a search for manufacturing + classicbells. (Legalese: please note that I do not believe that we can promote one manufacturer over another, nor have I personally dealt with them. I believe they are mostly all good, but I have no experience with any – so treat this as only a place to start!)

      Hope this helps and let us know how you do!
      Garry

    • #18024
      dingaling49
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      Just another suggestion as to your strap of bells. We were stationed in Spain in the 1960’s & I bought a strap of bells from our trash man & his donkey, that came around every morning. My strap has 22 bells of the size that you mention. The collar was originally packed with straw between 2 pieces of leather. It was very badly worn so the straw was falling out of the cracks. The Trash man thought we were crazy “Americano’s” for wanting his strap, but I convinced him to take the money & buy his cute little Donkey a new set. All of the bells are the same size, & no markings. Could it be that your set has come over from Europe?

    • #18025
      gasman101
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      Update: First off thanks for the responses. Shortly after posting, I found an ebay auction for a string of bells (actually, i believe the string was 6 bells someone just stuck on an old strap). The bells looked very close to the ones on my strap. I won the auction, used two of the bells from this strap to fill in the places on my strap. I then used Pecard antique leather dressing on the leather and used brasso to gently clean the bells. I also mounted the strap on a piece of wood to provide support to prevent further leather damage. I included a few pics of the completed project.
      Gary

    • #18026
      Garry
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      Great to know you were successful!

      I thought of another answer, that I am including here, in case someone searches this site with a similar problem. I would try these guys: http://classicbells.com/products.asp?cat=31
      Garry

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