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    • #11467
      Garry
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      This bell was of interest to me because of it’s unusual construction.
      I am told it’s from the 1800’s.
      2 inches high by 1 1/4 inches in diameter.
      Brass construction material with Iron Clapper.

      I haven’t seen this technique used on a bell before, only on ceramic pots.

      Someone has made a thick brass ‘wire and wound it into a pyramid type stack then fused them together inside. Even the handle is a thicker piece of ‘wire’ in a loop. Although it does not show well in the photo, you can see where it didn’t quite fuse on a small portion of one of the loops – you see the horizontal gap between the rings.

      This was/is a common pot throwing technique, making and stacking doughnut rings of clay to form the base shape, then pinching them together. Makes me wonder if they didn’t just transfer that knowledge to the metal work as some sort of piece of transition construction styles.

      Comments?
      Garry

    • #15836
      Clochard
      Participant

      I have seen crotals made like this in West Africa. But never a bell.

    • #15835
      Garry
      Participant

      That’s what drew me to it. I haven’t seen a metal bell done like this before myself.
      The technique is an old pottery form, but in metal?
      Hopefully I will eventually find out more on it.
      Garry

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