Welcome to the ABA! Bell Talk Forums Small Bells What langauage is on my bell, and what does it mean?

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    • #10440
      pattyking57
      Participant

      I have another small bell. It is made of, I think, brass. It is 6&1/2″ tall including the handle,The handle is welded on, and is a round ring with a small threaded hole in the top of the ring. the bell without the handle is 5&1/4″. It has some artwork of animals, people, plants and stuff.
      Anyway, the inscription reads “VOCEM MEAM AUDIT” “OUI ME TANGIT”. If anybody know the langauage and meaning of the inscription, please let me know.

      Sincerely;
      Patricia A King

    • #12722
      Joan Elliott
      Participant

      Hi Pat,

      I know it is some time since you posted your request and you may now have the answer to your question.

      Just in case you haven’t I did a web search and came up with this as a possible solution …

      “whomever touches me, hears my voice”

      Hope this helps

      Joan
      BCBI

    • #12723
      pattyking57
      Participant

      Do you happen to know what language that is? 😀

    • #12724
      Joan Elliott
      Participant

      Hello Patricia,

      Sorry I can’t be of any help with language. I’ve tried searching for an Italian translation without success, and at one point I thought it may have been Latin, but again a search was unsuccessful.

      Will keep trying 🙂

      Joan

    • #12725
      Vrezh
      Participant

      Sounds Romanian to me.

    • #12726

      Your inquiry sounds so interesting I need to know! I would bet that if you contact the language department of your local college or university that someone would know the answer. Good luck!

    • #12727
      hjlong
      Member

      This is part of a gatehouse bell. The threaded hole in the to attached the bell to a fram that was mounted near the entrance to a house. The bell was rung by pulling an attached cord that rocked the bell in the frame. The inscription is Latin and roughly translated “Whoever rings me, hear my voice”. These bells were and are used in Southern France and Northern Italy as gate call bells. Similar bells with a religious inscription were used as Sacristy Bells.

    • #12728
      pattyking57
      Participant

      I greatly appreciate all of your responses. Your input has given me great respect for my little bell. I will chairish it.
      Thank you so much.
      Sincerely;
      Patricia King
      😯

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