The over looked bells
November 17, 2013 at 3:20 am #12345GarryParticipant
I’ve noticed that a lot of the bells we collect and see on this site, tend to be mostly metal, with glass, then porcelain taking up the majority of the remainder.
Wooden bells have made a couple cameo appearances but not a lot of other types. Also we have seen a plethora of lady bells, standard bells, cow bells, ship’s bells, crotals, “school house” hand bells, and that ilk.
Now is the time to show off some of the others!
This is my call for all you collectors to post some of your lesser cousin bells! Got one that’s unique? Unusual? One of a kind? Lesser known? Different material? Perhaps historically significant?
Let it out of the curio cabinet! Let’s see it! Add what info you have on it, and perhaps we can build up a reference to it here for the future!
Here’s my first contribution:
Three and a half inches high by three inches in diameter, this is a Suzu bell! Note the bottom shot where the rim is red, indicating this is a lesser known/collected earthenware or pottery form of bell made from red clay. Nicely stippled grey glazing inside and out with a motif of red flowers on a green vine encircling the skirt. Notice the details, even a nicely spaced four ‘berry’ set of balls around the base of the looped hanger on top! I don’t know how long it takes for the glaze to start crackling but I can see a spiderweb starting to form on it now.
I believe most people think of Suzu bells as more of a Crotal type (think jingle bell) but in a cubic design and, yes, I have some of those. But Suzu really means it’s from the Suzu area of Japan around/in the city of Shizuoka, an area known for fine artwork.
I normally focus on the “Brass & Glass” bells, as do most of us, but I want to remind us not to overlook little gems like this one!
Do you have an interesting bell to share?
September 8, 2014 at 7:45 pm #17674Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
A long time ago, you posted this “starter” forum hoping to get postings of pictures and stories of not-so-common bells. I’ve been intending to post this one. It is a Tibetan gong. My daughter gave it to me as a Christmas gift one year. It came with a tag attached but, unfortunately, I can’t put my hands on the tag right now.
As you can see, it is a modern gong that is a conical piece of metal attached to the wooden base. It appears to be glued to the base. The disc that is the ringing part of the gong sits atop the cone. The upright dowel is used to strike the gong and rests in a drilled hole in the base when not in use. Its sound is fairly similar to that of a finger cymbal.
This bell is not very big. I’d say the width of the base is about 4″ wide. I’ve loaned the bell to someone so I can’t measure it exactly right now but when I get it back, I’ll edit this post so you’ll have a better idea of its actual size.
September 11, 2014 at 1:55 pm #17675GarryParticipant
What a neat bell!
I like it!
At that size it must have a high pitch ‘Ting’ for a ring.
I also posted another unusual bell (tea pot bell) somewhere here, where the brass teapot lid was actually a bell. Take the tea to the table, ring the lid – ‘tea time’!
I have a few others, but my collection is all packed up right now. I am in the process of moving 650 Km’s this week. Will take a while for me to get setup and everything unpacked. I hope to do more postings after that though.
September 11, 2014 at 5:24 pm #17676Carolyn WhitlockParticipant
Garry’s Tea Pot Bell appears at https://www.americanbell.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=3751&p=7495&hilit=Tea+Pot+Bell#p7495. The title of the thread is “In the Gotcha Category.”
- You must be logged in to reply to this topic.