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    • #10532
      Peter Hyde
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      Can anyone help me to identify what might be called a Sarna holiday bell? I am trying to help someone find the 1985 and 1989 version. I don’t know where to start! Google has not thrown up anything.

      Regards

    • #12955
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Peter,

      I’ve done a little quick research but haven’t found anything more than an advertisement in The Bell Tower for November-December 1976, that states it is a “Limited Edition Brass Christmas Bell”, 7″ high, 3,000 issued, numbered, for $60, made by S.S. Sarna. It was advertised by Carol’s Gift Shop, in Artesea, California. There is a picture of the bell and it is in typical “elephant bell” style with a decoration of Santa Claus riding in a sleigh being pulled by reindeer.

      I realize this doesn’t help you with information about the 1985 and 1989 bell. If I come across any other information, I will post it here.

      Good luck!

    • #12956
      Peter Hyde
      Member

      Many thanks. Hope springs eternal! I will pass this information on.

      Regards

    • #12957
      Carolyn Whitlock
      Participant

      Hi, Peter,

      I have located pictures of two of Sarna’s Christmas bells on page 169 of Collectible Bells by Donna Baker. The first was listed is the 1974 Limited First Edition. The caption says, “Decorated with the three wise men on one side, a nativity scene on the other. Marked ‘Christmas Greetings, 1974′ on the outside and “No. 771 Bells of Sarna, India (C)’ on the inside. The clapper is a plug shaped brass, with “1974” and “Bells of Sarna” incised on the bottom and sides. 8.5″ high. $100-150.” I found one of these in an antique shop today with a price of $14.00 on it. What’s that, about 7 to 8 pounds?

      The other Sarna Christmas bell pictured is the 1975 Limited Second Edition. “Six sided brass bell with large lettered wishes for ‘Christmas Cheer Through The Year, 1975.’ Inside markings: ‘Bells of Sarna, India (C), No. 1768, Limited Edition of 3000.’ Same clapper as previous bell, except ‘1975’ is incised on bottom and sides. 6.25″ high. $100-150.”

      I still haven’t found anything about the years you asked about.

    • #12958
      brassbell416
      Participant

      Hi all
      This is my first day to be on Belltalk and I have spent hours reading and enjoying the long distance friendship.
      Peter, I don’t know if you are still interested in the 1985 and 1989 Christmas bells but here it is any way.
      The 1985 bell has the base as the happy face of a clown with a large nose and a ruffle around his neck, the back says 1989 Merry Christmas, the handle is about 6″ with a ball on top.
      The 1989 bell has a sculptured edge, says Merry Christmas written in red across the middle and has holly leaves and berries around the base. The year is in a red heart.
      I have 17 of this series and have heard that it goes up to at least 1996 but I am not sure if this is true. I know it goes to 1993 as I have one. If you would like pictures I would be glad to email them to you. They are each very different and beautiful bells if you like large bells. 😀
      In case anyone can help me I still need 84, 86,92,94,95,and 95. My email is riverrat72952@yahoo.com.
      Hope this helps
      Deb (Brassbell416)

    • #12959
      sharon studebaker
      Participant

      Peter,

      I own eight Sarna Bells dating from 1993-2000. I used to order them from a company in Long Island, NY, but after 9/11 could no longer find the company or any other outlet for the Sarna Bells. I, too, would like to locate bells of the years before 1993. Good luck.

      Sharon Studebaker

    • #12960
      SARNABELLS
      Participant

      Hi I am the one looking for the 1989 sarna bell i have located the 1985 and aquired it thank goodness now only 1989 is needed. I saw a great many on ebay this morning check it out you may find what you are looking for. If you come across a 1989 please email me thanks kjnbaa@frontiernet.net good luck 😀

    • #12961
      Peter Hyde
      Member

      Well done. One to go!

      Many years ago I started collecting a series of 36 golf books written by George Houghton. It did not take long to find about thirty. Then it got harder. Finally I got down to one. Couldn’t find it for years. Then one day on a visit to New York from my home in England in 2002 my daughter introduced me to the joys of the internet. I told her about my elusive book. She spent several days on her computer without success. Then joy of joys the book turned up on a search of a website of a bookshop in Florida. A couple of phone calls and the book was on its way to England to complete my collection. I was delighted.

      Funny thing though. After I found the book something went missing from my life. I no longer had an excuse to dive into every bookshop I was passing. Old book lists had no interest any more. So perhaps we shouldn’t be in too much of a hurry to complete our collections – it’s such fun searching.

      Regards

    • #12962
      Candice50
      Participant

      I collected Christmas Bells of Sarna from 1974 to 2000 at which time they were discontinued. They are festive and beautiful. If anyone ever needs a photo, I am happy to supply one.

    • #12963
      brassbell416
      Participant

      Sharon
      The 1984 Santa Clause Sarna Christmas bell in now on ebay, New today. No bids. Starting at 9.99. good luck. If you decide not to pursue completing your collection of these Sarna bells, I am needing several of the bells that you have and would be glad to talk about a purchase.
      Deb

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