This strap features five antique bells from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Choose bells all in one style or choose a sampler of five different bells popular in the same era.
Globe bells are shaped something like small chicken eggs. They have a smooth surface. They are usually a bit louder than petal bells.
Band bells have gently pointed conical tops. The surface of the bell is otherwise smooth. They sound about the same as petal bells.
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 one or 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, globe, or round ridge bells -- more like the bells you hear in Christmas songs (Jingle Bells, anyone?)
Petal bells have a daisy pattern on the top and have one throat (slit) across the top. They have a bright cheery sound. Petal bells are available only on the Sampler strap.
The sampler strap has all different bells. I usually include one petal, one round ridge, one globe, and two other bells. I promise the sampler bells will all sound good and look interesting -- click "See more images" to see an example. Sampler straps tend to be a bit quieter than straps made with round ridge or petal bells.
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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. More about our bells...
The strap is fully lined with leather on the back and a ring at the top sized to slip over most residential door knobs. The lining strap is fastened to the front strap with small rivets between bells and a post-and-screw fastener at the top. Only leather will touch your door or wall, not any metal. The ring and hardware are solid brass.
Overall length including ring: 17 1/2". Strap length: 15". Strap width: 1 1/2". Bells: Five each 1 1/8" to 1 1/4" across.
Sold per each.