Historical Introduction. Bells are one of a very small number of artefacts that have been in virtually continuous production for over years. The earliest known examples were made in China before BC, and they were familiar everyday objects to the ancient Indians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. They have served a number of purposes, from ritual, magical and religious, to musical, signalling and warning. Apart from their functional role, bells have served as decorative devices throughout the ages, and continue to be popular as harness embellishments to the present day.
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Dating Crotal Bells
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A bell is a hollow object, which can be spherical, conical or of various domed shapes. It can be sounded by an internal clapper, an external hammer or for spherical bells an internal pellet or pea. A bell is more musical than a rattle, although the two are related. An open bell normally has a clapper, and can be a variety of shapes.
Early bells late s through about The very earliest North American horse bells date to the s and s. These incredibly rare bells have been uncovered by archaeologists at the sites of early European settlements along the eastern seaboard of North America and along the paths of Spanish expeditions through Mexico and the southwestern and southern United States. The oldest sleigh bells the average person is likely to find typically date from the late s through about Here are some of the key characteristics of most late s and early s bells: Almost all are petal bells with an intricate, crisp design, but some are totally plain.