[Bell Historians] Manufacturers of handbells for export?

Dickon Benoński-Love dickon at lovesguide.com
Mon Aug 14 17:47:19 BST 2023

Whitechapel continues to supply handbells, notably for tune ringing, and I undetstand that the USA remains a large market. It is the tower bell business that has stopped.DrLSent from my Galaxy
-------- Original message --------From: Carl S Zimmerman <csz_stl at swbell.net> Date: 14/08/2023  15:15  (GMT+00:00) To: Bell Historians <bell-historians at lists.ringingworld.co.uk> Subject: [Bell Historians] Manufacturers of handbells for export? It is well known that the Whitechapel bellfoundry exported to the USA many sets of handbells, some of them as large as five fully chromatic octaves.  That was an active business for decades.  But other exporters are less well known, and I am curious to learn more.The former Petit & Fritsen bellfoundry of the Netherlands exported some sets, and I have seen one of three octaves.  I have heard of Taylor handbells in places other than change-ringing towers, but I don't know any details.  And I have just learned that Gillett & Johnston may have shipped to two-octave set to the USA in 1957.Not counting smaller diatonic sets of handbells that may have been acquired by change ringers for practice purposes, what is known about the export of handbells for tune ringing?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 *  Avocation:   tower bells *  Recreation:  handbells *  Mission:     church bellsWebmaster for www.TSCChapter134.orgTreasurer, World Carillon Federation
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