[Bell Historians] Establishing the origins and age of a hand bell ?

Julian Perfect julianperfect@hotmail.com [bellhistorians] bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com
Sat Jan 11 16:26:11 GMT 2020


Thank you.

Any ideas about when they might have been cast, please?

Are there any significant collections of 'hand bells' (that are open to inspection by the public or that have images of the bells available online) that night enable for the comparison of these bells with others?


From: bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com <bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com> on behalf of Carl S Zimmerman csz_stl at swbell.net [bellhistorians] <bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com>
Sent: 11 January 2020 16:13
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Subject: Re: [Bell Historians] Establishing the origins and age of a hand bell ?

Possibly town crier bells, or school teacher's bells, which typically carry no maker's mark.  The town crier bell that I have is larger than most teachers' bells, though.

Carl Scott Zimmerman, Campanologist
Saint Louis, Missouri, USA -
 - 19th c. home of at least 37 bell founders or resellers
Tel. +1(314)821-8437
Webmaster for www.TowerBells.org
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On Saturday, January 11, 2020, 8:18:53 AM CST, Julian Perfect julianperfect at hotmail.com [bellhistorians] <bellhistorians at yahoogroups.com> wrote:

It has been suggested to me that the Bell Historians Group might be able to provide some information in response to my enquiry below.

I have a couple hand bells which appear to be identical and cast in bell metal (please see the first three of the attached photographs, the 2p coin gives an indication of the dimensions of the bells). I would like to establish, if possible, by whom, where and when these bells were cast, but there are no markings that I can see on either of the bells (or their handles) that might offer any clues. I would be grateful for any information, ideas, or suggestions about this, please.

I would also be interested to hear any ideas about the origins and former use of the bell (missing its clapper) shown in the fourth and fifth of the attached photographs. Again, there are no markings visible on this bell.

With thanks,

Julian Perfect

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