To avoid being burned, you need to be able to quickly pick out key details that separate true antiques from overpriced reproductions.My goal in these case studies is to help you develop this skill.Artificially aged new bells have a splotchy, rusty color that are never seen on antique bells.Other artificially aged modern bells can be varying shades of green, brown, or even black.After accumulating a group, they are imported to Vermont and Maine in large containers.The archives of the Taylor bellfoundry and its predecessors go right back to the early eighteenth century and from the time the foundry moved to Loughborough in 1839-40 the records are remarkably complete.First, some definitions: When I use the term "antique" on this website, I am specifically talking about bells made during the "horse and buggy times".
This bell was sourced from an old Kyoto collection last year.
It is worth mentioning that, depending on context, sleigh bells, jingle bells, pellet bells, hawk bells and rumbler bells are all terms used to describe bells of the crotal type.
Fakes III: Case Studies When looking for antique sleigh bells, it is very easy to be overwhelmed by your initial excitement of finding a "real" antique, which is often heightened by the seller's or auctioneer's hype.
The earliest known examples were made in China before 2000 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.