Wheel of Bells
October 11, 2008 at 8:02 pm #10986AnonymousInactive
I have a eight wheel bell with two sherbs on each side and a hand crank to make the bells ring. It is a beautiful set oof bells and they are bronze sand cast. on one bell has the initail (F E ) on it. would like to know if you know where they came from and how old it is.
I have asked her to let us know if this is the type of bell wheel she is referring to and I have asked for a picture of her wheel. The one below is from The Collector’s Book of Bells by L. Elsinore Springer.
If you can help, please post a response.
This inquiry was originally sent to the ABA’s Internet Coordinator. Responses are opinions of individuals based on their personal research and knowledge.
October 13, 2008 at 10:11 pm #14153maxkurilloParticipant
Hi Virginia, would like to see a few pictures. What you have is a bell wheel. what is the size of the bells?, What is the size of the wheel that the bells are attache to? Does it have a stand or is it wall mounted? Is it all metal? Are the bells sort of grey in color? One clue you provided was the intails FE. These are intials of a Mexican bell maker that makes souviner bells of various sizes, also other bell reated items, one of which are bell wheels. My first impression is this is a Mexican souviner bell wheel that is probably 20-30 years old. Lets wait fo the pictures and more detail. Have fun with it , ring it every day, thats what its for. Awaiting more detail.
October 22, 2008 at 2:05 am #14154AnonymousInactive
Virginia has sent more information and some printouts of pictures.
I’m sending you two pictures of the eight wheel bells. My brother in Maine has these items. I have been all over the world looking up to see where the bells are from and I haven’t come across anything like these.
My brother doesn’t have a computer so I’m trying to help him out if I can. My brother has a house full of old antiques. If people want to see them, they can go to his home and also call him and he will tell you what he has. He has beautiful items and all are in good condition. Maybe someone out there knows about the bells.
Virginia says that her brother lives in Millinocket, Maine. She has given me his name and telephone number which I prefer not to post without his direct permission but I will keep it on file and you can contact me if you want this information.
November 1, 2008 at 5:44 pm #14155maxkurilloParticipant
Virginia, Quite a nice bell wheel. The bells are three different sizes and are placed to balance the wheel. They, the bells, are secured to small knobs that are cast as part of the “wheel”. How the bells are attached to these knobs would only be a guess. The bells do follow the patterns of the “Mexican” type souvenir bells especially with FE on one of the bells. Three of the smaller bells do not have designs.
The wheel very nicely done, clean lines. The two figures holding the shaft is very interesting. About two years ago one just like yours was sold on e-bay, the difference being that all the wheels had designs. This brings up a question, all the bells on this bell whell, have designs but three, was this meant to be or were they replaced at sometime. The French in the 18th and the English in the 19th century were casting small figures as a part of their culture, the detail they developed has never been equaled. The two on this object are fair copies of French or English castings. Looking at all the parts of this bell wheel it is evident that this is a copy made in Mexico, when! I can only guess circa 1950. The sand used in the casting is not of fine high grade material typical of the “Mexican” type souvenir bells . The one that was sold on e-bay was about $35.00. Enjoy it and show it off it is a neat bell wheel. Max
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