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      Diane Louise Paul
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      I made this English Bridle graduated bell set for a very good customer of mind. she bought the bells at a antique show. The cow bells have a maker Mark on the bell. Would anyone know about these cows / sheeps bells as I am not sure are they cow or sheep bells or are they use on both animals? They have a great sound and I wish I own this set of bells.

      Click on picture to enlarge and see maker’s mark.

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    • #24158
      Garry
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      Hey Diane! Welcome!

      That’s a nice set of bells!

      You don’t give the size, but I am going to suggest that they are about hand size each. That would typically make them for smaller animals like sheep and goats. Thin tin bells are typically used with those animals because of weight and that they are a bit easier on them (don’t rub them against posts etc. as much) so the ‘lesser’ metal will suffice.

      Cow bells tend to be larger, thicker, and heavier. Cows are much rougher on bells (rolling on them, rubbing them against things, Heavier heads when sleeping on them, etc.) so thin wall tin ones get damaged very quickly.

      You would need to give more information (size, type of material (I am assuming tin from the photo – does it hold a magnet for example?), where found) that kind of thing. It all helps.

      Maybe someone out there recognizes the marks but there were a lot of manufacturers of this style of bell.

      I’ll post a couple of “sheep” bells here, see what you think. (Two basic styles!) I’ll add another reply with a couple of “cow” bells for comparison, next.

      Hopefully we will see more of your projects in this line too!

      Garry

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      Garry
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      Here are the cow bell shots.
      (From the sublime to the ridiculous!)

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    • #24168
      Garry
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      I just re-read my reply and think I may not have indicated strongly enough that these bells were also used with cows, but not very often because of the reasons listed. But if other concerns are over riding (expense for belling a large number of cows, for example) then that style could indeed be used on a cow. But yours appear to be in pretty good shape and slightly smaller than what I would expect on a cattle beast! (again I am guessing at the size and metal type/thickness though, you really didn’t say.)

      But here are a couple “cow” photos ‘modelling’ your style of bell.

      Garry

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    • #24171
      Diane Louise Paul
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      Hello Garry ,
      Happy New Years to you. Thank you so much for all this information. The size of the bells are from little undar 5 inches to a little over 6 inches. Next time I will get more information before a post again on a bell. I never thought to see if it hold a magnet. They are Thicker and heavier made type of bells that why I was think cow. But was not sure if they use them on goats or sheep now I know. Only the second bell from the top has a marker mark on it and you can tell it was use as it has knee marks on both side of the bell, the other size has has them all across the bell quite deep. The person that bought them at the antique show never got any information about the bells at all. Around here When I buy any bells I never get any information from dealers they just say it’s a bell only if I buy a bell at one of our bell meeting do I get some information about the bell. I had this type of bell before but they were not thick and heavy like the ones in the photo. Garry thank you so much for your time.

      Diane Louise Paul

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