This strap features five antique bells, all about the same size, from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Choose all "petal" bells, all "round ridge" bells, all "patent" bells, or a sampler with five different bells that were popular in the same era.
Petal bells have a daisy pattern on the top (click "See more images" for an example) and have one throat (slit) across the top. They have a bright cheery sound.
Round ridge bells are shaped like petal bells, but they have a smooth surface with no daisy pattern. They are usually a bit louder than petal bells.
Patent bells are smooth, spherical bells with two throats (slits) across the top. Each patent bell has a ring of dates circling the bottom that record the dates when this bell was patented in the 1870s. Patent bells have slightly quieter, more liquid sound than petal or round ridge bells. They sound more like the bells you hear in Christmas songs (Jingle Bells, anyone?)
The sampler strap has all different bells. I usuallly include one petal, one round ridge, one patent, and two other bells. I promise the sampler bells will all sound good and look interesting. Sampler straps tend to be a bit quieter than straps made with round ridge or petal bells.
Any group of bells picked at random will probably not sound good, so we hand pick the bells for a pleasing choral sound. Please note these bells may have visual flaws, including casting defects, hairline cracks, scratches, etc.
Fully lined with leather on the back. Comes with a solid brass hanging ring sized to slip over most residential door knobs.
This piece is available with a plain top or an optional buckled top. It is available in your choice of black, dark brown, or medium brown. View colors...
Overall length is about 17 inches long, including the ring. The optional buckle adds about 2 inches to the length.
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