This handsome strap features 33 small "round ridge" bells from the late 1800s or early 1900s. All bells are #2 size (1 1/4 inches across).
The owner provided 28 of the original bells, and we were able to replace 5 missing bells with matching bells from our inventory.
I constructed a new strap similar to the original design, although the owner asked me to use dark brown leather rather than the original black to match his other sleigh bell straps.
I also opted to machine stitch the edges rather than hand stitch to save time and money. For heavy-duty stitching like this, I use "Goldie", my wonderful treadle-powered stitcher. She was made about 1915 and is still going strong.
The new bell strap is 2 inches wide and 70 inches long. The narrow billet (tongue) stitched onto the bell strap adds another 12 inches of length. We were able to clean up and reuse the buckle from the orignal strap.
This particular item is a custom, one-of-a-kind project made for a past client. Items in this Custom Projects section are for information only; they are not available for regular sale.