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      Wow. Robert’s question got me off on a tangent!

      Here’s some interesting stuff on Crotal bells. I also posted a couple other sites that talk about them along with some other bells in an earlier posting here.

      From “http://www.thefreelibrary.com ” :
      QUESTION A gentleman requested in his will that the horse pulling the hearse should wear ‘rumble bells’. What are these?

      FURTHER to the earlier answer, bells have been in continuous production for more than 4,000 years. They were used in China before 2000BC and were familiar objects to the ancient Indians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.
      The earliest bells were struck externally with a separate striker, but the internal clapper followed soon after.
      The crotal bell was developed later. The earliest examples are from the ninth century, recovered from graves in Gotland, Sweden, were found on chains suspended from women’s jewellery. English crotal bells date from the 13th century.
      Crotal bells differ from standard bells in that the clapper is loose and contained within an enclosed chamber with perforations to allow transmission of the sound.
      Other familiar names for the crotal bells are sleigh sleigh: see sled. bells, jingle bells, pellet bells, hawk bells and rumbler bells. Technically, they’re regarded as rattles, rather than true bells, and their name is derived from the Latin crotalum, a rattle.

      Classic Bells has an interesting section on the Designs, Metals used, how to size, how to detect fakes etc.

      The UK Detector Finds Database has a very good history of this type of bell:

      Here’s a Chart of Bell Markings, who did what mark, when!

      Aldbourne Foundry Crotal bells

      And while not specifically on Crotal bells, this site is a collection of correspondence on bells in general!


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