These solid brass, handmade figure-8 bell pins are used to fasten shank-style bells onto a leather strap.
These pins are easier to install and are more historically accurate than machine-made bell pins available from other sources. Click "See more images" to see how to fasten a bell onto a leather strap with a bell pin. Here is a video that shows how to install bell pins with a few tips and tricks to make the process easier -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmQ4Q6ytv5c The good stuff starts about 1 minute and 30 seconds into the video.
Please note that our handmade bell pins may require an extra day or two to ship, since we make them as needed. The size and shape of each pin will vary slightly due to its handmade nature.
Small pins: I usually use these pins for tiny bells with short "U" shanks or drilled-hole shanks -- almost all bells 1 1/8" and smaller need a small bell pin. Some bells in the 1 1/4" to 1 3/8" size range will also require a small pin. If you put the shank of the bell through your leather strap and only see about 1/16 inch (1-2 mm) of the hole in the bell's shank, you should use these pins. These pins are made of lightweight wire.
Tip: If the leather covers almost all or all of the hole in the bell's shank, you may need to use a thinner strap.
Medium pins: I use these pins with for medium to medium-large bells -- generally bells that are 1 1/4" across up to about 2" across. A medium pin is also good if your strap is narrower than about 1 1/8". If you put the shank of the bell through your leather strap and can see at least 1/8 inch (3-4 mm) of the hole, use these pins. These pins are made of our standard bell-pin wire.
Large pins: I use these pins for medium to large bells 1 3/4" across and larger, especially if the strap is 1 1/8" wide or wider. These pins are made from the same bell-pin wire as our medium pins, but the overall shape is longer and broader to better support larger, heavier bells.
Tip: Some early 1800s bells have extra large shanks, and a single large bell pin may not be thick enough to hold the bell trimly against the leather strap. You can fasten two of these pins together through the bell's shank to take up the extra space. Some bells dating to the 1700s have shanks so large even two bell pins is not enough to fill the gap. Here is my method for installing these unusual bells -- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9rKEcJaUdA
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