I have several Sarna bells. I would like some info on this particular bell: on one side it says “Little Bo Peep”, & on the opposite side is “lost her sheep”. There are etchings of 4 sheep on one side, & on the other is an etching of Bo Peep (I think). Anyone have any info? Thanks-this is my first post.
In the 1950s and early 1960s, Sarna sold all kinds of bells. They were cast brass and hand carved in the “cottage industry” of India. Often clear colored enamel was painted into the carved surface. The bells frequently had themes of children’s rhymes and fables. This is one of those bells. They were sold in the “5 and dime stores”, GC Murphy, Kresge, Woolworths, and other low cost general stores. They were usually on a cord with several other bells and hung as wind chimes.
Harry Long, MD
Just a note. Sarna bells come in all sizes I have one that is aprox. 14 inches tall and the cup of the bell is aprox. 3 inches wide.the handle is long and slender and is part brass, part wood and part another substance which is black. It is imprinted with “Sarna India” around the base of the handle and the exterior of the cup has a design on it.