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  • in reply to: Bell Bought in German Flea Market #17783
    RonaKesselman
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    Hi —

    While its nice that you have included several links about similar bells, it would be REALLY HELPFUL if you supply photos of the bells that you bought at the flea market as we appreciate having a library of many types of bells. Your photos do need to be clear as blurry does not show well. Would you also please give us the following information:

    • Height of the bell as well as weight of the bell

    • Diameter of the bottom of the skirt

    • Photos of the outside of the bell (both sides)

    • Photo of the inside of the bell including clapper.

    If you have problems attaching the photos, please let me know and I can add them.

    in reply to: clapperless bell #17692
    RonaKesselman
    Participant

    Hi Suzanne,

    Welcome to the “Bell Talk” discussion board. Can you post a couple of photos of your bell to aid in being able to answer your question. How long have you had the bell and did you buy it new? If you acquired it as a used bell, at this point I would guess that your bell at one time had a clapper attached (more than likely a clear plastic disc with a bead attached that was glued into the bell )and that it fell off and got lost.

    Often times if a glass bell is delicate (especially “English Wedding Bells”) and there is a possibility that a clapper could damage/crack the bell, then the clapper is intentionally left off or at least is issued with a removable one. Still a bell…just a pretty silent one.

    in reply to: Need help finding out info on brass bell #17550
    RonaKesselman
    Participant

    Hi Mary,

    Welcome to the Bell Talk Forum. To help in identifying or answering you question, it will be helpful if you can supply several photos of the bell as well as any of the additional information:

    • Height and weight of the bell

    • Diameter of the bottom of the skirt

    • Writing or engraving on the bell

    • Material from which the bell was made

    • History about the bell that you may have

    • Photo of the outside of the bell

    • Photo of the inside of the bell

    Bellfully yours,

    Rona Kesselman
    American Bell Association International, Inc
    2011-2012 Past President
    And
    Internet Coordinator
    https://www.americanbell.org

    in reply to: small bell figural antique 1800 ? #17449
    RonaKesselman
    Participant

    Hi Daggi,

    Welcome to the Bell Talk Forum discussion board! What you have is the bottom portion of a two part “WEDDING CUP”. A “wedding cup” consits of two bell shaped cups – a larger one formed by the skirt of a woman and a smaller one held aloft by the same woman’s arms. At weddings, a bride and groom both drank from the xups at the same time, the groom from the larger and the bride from the smaller. Legend holds that if both succeeded in emptying the cup without any spills, the marriage would similarly succeed. (from More Collectible Bells: Classic to Contemporary by Donna L. Baker; page 180.)

    Many bell collectors have such wedding cups in their collection. While not really a “bell”, the object is shaped like a bell and for bell collectors, such items give us an opportunity to expand our collections.

    Does your wedding cup have any hallmarks?

    Finally, here are several examples of wedding cups:

    in reply to: How can you tell the age of a bell #17401
    RonaKesselman
    Participant

    Hi melmas,

    Welcome to the Bell Talk discussion board! To help in identifying your bell we are going to need more information as well as some good photos. Please supply the following information:

    • Height and weight of the bell

    • Diameter of the bottom of the skirt

    • Writing or engraving on the bell

    • Material from which the bell was made

    • History about the bell that you may have

    • Photo of the outside of the bell

    • Photo of the inside of the bell

    This discussion board is moderated by an all-volunteer group of hobby bell collectors and it may take time for our members to chime in with responses.

    Again, welcome to the Bell Talk Forum!

    Bellfully,
    Rona

    in reply to: Need HELP!!!!! Identifying this really old Bell #17386
    RonaKesselman
    Participant

    Hi and Welcome!

    I would guess that you have is a “Mexican” type souvenir bell.

    Per an article in the March-April 2009 issue of the “Bell Tower“* volume 67, Number Two pages 9-15 by Max Kurillo and Erline M. Tuttle:.”

    These are “Mexician” type souvenir bells that are still made in atleast two locations in Mexico and are big sellers to the tourist trade. These bells belong to a group of bells that we have been researching for years. These strikingly beautiful bells first appeared in the USA early in the 1950s in Chicago. They range in size from 2 inches high to over 18 inches, from a few ounces to over 30 pounds, and the dates range from 1808 to 1820. Most are covered with designs, symbols, marks, ridges, and icons, mainly scattered patterns, while others have what seems to be organized symmetry. The crowns can be a variety of designs from a pad with simple holes, to an elaborte design, and to a four loop-type crown.

    Also, if you type in Mexican bell, “1811 bell” or Max Kurillo in the search box in the upper right corner, you can find all sorts of discussion regarding these bells.

    While these type bells are marketed on auction sites or in antique shops as being “antique”, the bells are not.

    *The “Bell Tower” is the official publication of the American Bell Association International, Inc.

    in reply to: GW Coffin Co. Buckeye Foundry #15602
    RonaKesselman
    Participant

    Additional photos of this bell and the hardware in question can be found at:

    viewtopic.php?f=11&t=5032

    in reply to: Bell hanger or stand question. #17345
    RonaKesselman
    Participant

    Hi,
    While I know nothing about large bells, I though you might be interested in seeing the hardware attached to a “mission bell” found at:

    http://brosamersbells.com/mission/pages/C324.html

    in reply to: Bell hanger or stand question. #17344
    RonaKesselman
    Participant

    Thanks for posting a couple more photos.

    Now, how about a couple photos of the entire bell!

    While you are doing that, take a look at the photos and read the thread at:

    viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4466&p=9204&hilit=G.W.+Coffin+Co#p9204

    Hope several of our Big Bell collectors will be able to give you some advice.

    in reply to: Can you tell me what these are? #17339
    RonaKesselman
    Participant

    Hi Henry!

    Welcome to our Bell Talk Forum. What you have is a set of “graduated” and or “nested” Camel Bells.

    If you click on to the following threads, you can read all about your type set of bells.

    viewtopic.php?f=6&t=854&p=1938&hilit=camel#p1938

    viewtopic.php?f=6&t=4662&p=9779&hilit=graduated+bell#p9779

    Bellfully,
    Rona

    in reply to: Bell hanger or stand question. #17342
    RonaKesselman
    Participant

    Is it possible for you to supply a couple different views of your bell and the top “attachment” — it is hard to see the total picture of what you are wanting to know.

    in reply to: Introduction and Bell Found While Metal Detecting #17338
    RonaKesselman
    Participant

    Hi Rodney & welcome to the Bell Talk Forum!

    What you have found is called a “crotal” bell. This particular crotal is a “Petal” SLEIGH BELL and a wonderful article can be found at: http://classicbells.com/info/Petal.htm

    also be sure to read their many other articles on sleigh bells : http://classicbells.com/info/Info.htm

    Finally, if you type “crotal” ; “sleigh” ; “Barton” ; or even “petal” in the search box at the upper right corner of any “Bell Talk” page it will take you to many other threads on the subject.

    Enjoy learning about your bell find!

    Bellfully,
    Rona

    in reply to: ABA Mourns the passing of Dr. Harry Long, III #17299
    RonaKesselman
    Participant

    All encompassing tributes for Dr. Harry J. Long, III; Past President of the American Bell Association, International, Inc. 1993-1994 and a frequent and knowlegable contributor to the “Bell Talk” Forum Discusson Board can be found at:

    http://obituaries.triblive.com/listing/220077/Dr-Harry-J-Long-III/

    http://m.startribune.com/obituaries/?person_id=162591185&c=y

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/startribune/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=162591185#fbLoggedOut

    http://www.postbulletin.com/obituaries/harry-j-long-iii-m-d-rochester/article_82d6a8c6-5217-5758-b729-ef288224b044.html?mode=story

    http://rochester.kaaltv.com/news/news/63946-remembering-mayo-doctor-friend

    Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with the Long Family during this most difficult and sorrowful time.

    in reply to: What type of bell is this? What is its purpose? #17169
    RonaKesselman
    Participant

    Hi Jered,

    What you have is an “open mouth” animal bell and I will refer you to the following posting for further reading.

    viewtopic.php?f=6&t=4964&p=10875&hilit=animal+bell#p10875

    Your bell most likely had a leather strap similar the the bell show in the posting that I am refering you to and was looped on a collar around a horse or pack animal.

    For other discussion threads about animal bells search our forum by keying in the words at our search box upper right corner of page.

    Hope you enjoy your “bell find!”

    Bellfully,
    Rona

    in reply to: BAILEY NEW YORK 1794 BELL at Dyrham Park, UK #17328
    RonaKesselman
    Participant

    Chris writes:

    Thanks, you have been very helpful – I just started looking up any info on bell foundries in the suggested areas, (New York Yorkshire, New York Tyne & Wear and New York Lincolnshire) and came across a ‘Bell Foundry Museum’ (at Loughborough). Hence I have just sent them all the details and asked if they could help provide any information

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