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Sleigh Bell Designs

Petal bells: Bells decorated with a daisy or horseshoe pattern

American horse bell makers: Some of the foundries in the 1800s and early 1900s


Swedish bells: Large bells usually with six distinctive pie wedges on the top

Round ridge bells: Similar in shape to a petal bell but without the decorative daisy pattern


Globe bells: Small, smooth bells with an egg or spherical shape

Band bells: Small bells with cone-shaped faces


Specialty bells: Small bells with unusual shapes or decorative patterns. Acorn, raspberry, fish scale, flower bud, Eastlake, etc.

Machine-stamped bells: Bells formed from sheet brass by machines


Double- and triple-throat bells: Bells with two or three throats (slits)

Open-mouth bells: 'Liberty' bells and Swiss cow bells (also called Saignelegier bells)


Saddle chimes, shaft bells, and foot gongs: Bells with two or more clappers

Crotals: What are the parts of a sleigh bell? How is it made?


Shank & rivet bells: How are bells attached to a strap?

Other bells: Bells that are not sleigh bells. Bells of Sarna, elephant, tiger, dance, holiday collectible, falconer, hawk, etc.


Bell straps & brackets: How were bells put on a horse or its vehicle?



Round ridge



Specialty: Acorn

Machine stamped
Double throat


Saddle chime

Basic crotal

Shank vs. rivet

Other: Elephant