[attachment=0:mvdu3aio]Bells, DiscCloseUp.jpg[/attachment:mvdu3aio][attachment=1:mvdu3aio]Bells, Full Shot.jpg[/attachment:mvdu3aio][attachment=2:mvdu3aio]Bells, Ring.jpg[/attachment:mvdu3aio]According to my father, this was used on my grandparents farm and is a set of “sleigh bells”. And they do jingle and sound just like bells (as my ears hear it, but then again, I’m not fine tuned specifically to such sounds). Anyhow, after a great deal of searching for information I’ve yet to find so much as any mention, much less pics of anything close to this. Please note that the shot near the top ring was taken because it almost appears as though there may have been some sort of label or something there at one time, as affixed in this area are remnants of what appears to have been paper, possibly with base colors of white and black. In any case, I would be truly appreciative for any infomation, and also grateful to anyone who might take time enough for sharing it. Thank you!
I had a “bell” very similar to this only it was just one “strip” with discs on each side of the blade. It was a beggar’s rattle and, if I recall correctly, it was from India. For what it’s worth…
This is a musical instrument from India. It’s called a chimta and, if I remember correctly, is sometimes referred to as a chime a long.
Thank you, each of you, very much. Certainly does seem to fit in with information you’ve provided. Obviously the one in my possession is very old. The family farm itself ceased to be as such many years ago. Hard to say how one of these even made it’s way there, unless maybe they were commonplace around these parts (midwest) – which might be the case. Guess I’ve got some more info digging to do. That is, proceeding now with some sense of direction. Much appreciated – again, many thanks!