Appraising & Buying Sleigh Bells

Appraisals

We do not do appraisals of the value of sleigh bells. This includes giving out rough off-the-cuff numbers.

We do not know anyone who specializes in appraising sleigh bells. We sell only bells we own -- we do not sell other people's bells.

The best way to get a sense of the market value of your bells is to research the marketplace you intend to use when selling. The prices you see in your chosen marketplace will not necessarily be accurate for any other marketplace.

If you want to sell the bells on eBay or other online auction site, watch auctions for comparable bells on the site and note the selling prices.

If you want to sell the bells at local auction or to an antique dealer, check auction databases at websites such as Worthpoint or look at the prices for sleigh bells at antique stores. Bear in mind that the selling price in an antique store or at an auction will always be higher than the buying price due to commission, selling fees, retail markup, etc.

Market prices for sleigh bells will vary depending on how well the bells are marketed by the seller, the level of interest by the audience viewing the bells, the time of year the sale takes place, the overall state of the economy, etc. More information from the American Bell Association.

We buy bells

We buy antique horse and sleigh bells made before the mid 1900s. We also buy vintage steel Dexter bells made in the mid 1900s. We are not collectors; we buy bells for resale in our business.

We do not buy used modern sleigh bells; large church, school, or farm bells; hand or call bells; cow, goat, or other animal bells; collectible bells; "Bells of Sarna" or similar Indian or Asian bells; or bell toys.

If you are interested in selling your sleigh bells, please contact us with:

  • General description, including condition (cracks, poor tone, etc.)
  • Clear, closeup photos sent by email or mail, whichever is easiest for you
  • Your asking price

We will not make a "cold" offer to buy. Please be prepared to tell us, up front, what price you are expecting for your bells. If you are not sure, see the previous section on "Appraisals" for tips on pricing your bells. We will respond with an offer that is fair from our perspective.

If we do buy your bells, we will also reimburse you for reasonable shipping costs. We will mail a check promptly upon receipt of the bells.