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https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/templates/general_wide/img/logo.png UKDFD Recording Software https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/ Crotal bells https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/crotal-bells.html Bell https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/crotal-bells/bell-54272.html Mon, 18 Feb 2019 12:04:37 GMT Crotal bells Bell  
Description: A hollow spherical bell fabricated from silver sheet and strip. It consists of two decorated hemispheres, which form the bellchamber, a circular loop for attachment, and an internal pellet ('pea-clapper') of uncertain material. The two hemispheres are probably joined by soldering, and there is a rib formed (or applied) at the joint, which is decorated with cable ornament. The decoration on each of the hemispheres consists of an engraved helical 'impeller' with eight hatched 'vanes'. The loop is soldered to the upper hemisphere, and the lower hemisphere has a sound bow consisting of two circular holes conjoined by a slot. The upper hemisphere has an untraced maker's mark in the form of a letter 'T' between two of the vanes.

Some small silver bells, generally similar to the present example, were sewn on to clothing as fashionable accessories in the late medieval period. Other uses, which persisted for much longer, include their attachment to pet collars and to the straps (jesses) around hawks' legs in falconry. The last use is possibly the most likely in the present case.

See also UKDFD 32650.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Crotal bells
Category: Crotal bells
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Crotal Bell https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/crotal-bells/crotal-bell-1234.html Mon, 14 Nov 2005 00:00:00 GMT Crotal bells Crotal Bell  
Description: A copper-alloy crotal bell. The bell is severely cracked on one side and quite worn, but its pea clapper remains in situ. The suspension loop has a rounded top and an as-cast aperture. The lower cup is decorated with a ’sunburst’ pattern into which, on one side of the sound bow only, a stylised crowned head has been incorporated. The upper cup is undecorated.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Crotal bells
Category: Crotal bells
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Crotal Bell https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/crotal-bells/crotal-bell-1501.html Fri, 16 Dec 2005 00:00:00 GMT Crotal bells Crotal Bell  
Description: A cast copper-alloy crotal bell. The bell is complete and undamaged with its iron pea clapper in situ. The suspension loop is of square-topped form with an as-cast aperture. There are two circular sound holes in the top half, and a sound bow in the bottom half comprising two circular holes conjoined by a slit. Due to the condition of the bell, the decorative features of the two cups are uncertain. There is a pronounced circumferential rib between the two cups.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Crotal bells
Category: Crotal bells
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Crotal Bell https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/crotal-bells/crotal-bell-1500.html Fri, 16 Dec 2005 00:00:00 GMT Crotal bells Crotal Bell  
Description: A cast copper-alloy crotal bell. The bell is complete and undamaged with its iron pea clapper in situ. The suspension loop is of square-topped form with radiused corners, internally and externally. There are two circular sound holes in the top half, and a sound bow in the bottom half comprising two circular holes conjoined by a slit. The lower cup is decorated with a ’sunburst’ pattern; the upper cup is apparently plain. There is a pronounced circumferential rib between the two cups.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Crotal bells
Category: Crotal bells
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Crotal Bell https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/crotal-bells/crotal-bell-1499.html Fri, 16 Dec 2005 00:00:00 GMT Crotal bells Crotal Bell  
Description: A cast copper-alloy crotal bell. The bell is very worn, but complete and undamaged with its iron pea clapper in situ. The suspension loop is of round-topped form with an irregular circular aperture. There are two circular sound holes in the top half, and a sound bow in the bottom half comprising two circular holes conjoined by a slit. The lower cup is decorated with a simple ’sunburst’ pattern of straight lines radiating from the centre. The upper cup is apparently plain, but very worn. There does not appear to be any circumferential rib between the two cups.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Crotal bells
Category: Crotal bells
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Crotal Bell https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/crotal-bells/crotal-bell-24972.html Sat, 24 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT Crotal bells Crotal Bell  
Description: A cast copper-alloy crotal bell with intact iron pellet inside. The suspension loop is rectangular with an as-cast aperture. Both upper and lower parts of the bellchamber are plain.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Crotal bells
Category: Crotal bells
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Crotal Bell https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/crotal-bells/crotal-bell-25190.html Thu, 06 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT Crotal bells Crotal Bell  
Description: A cast copper-alloy crotal bell with intact iron pellet inside. The suspension loop is rectangular with an as-cast aperture. Both upper and lower parts of the bellchamber are plain.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Crotal bells
Category: Crotal bells
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Crotal Bell https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/crotal-bells/crotal-bell-29838.html Sat, 19 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT Crotal bells Crotal Bell  
Description: A cast copper-alloy crotal bell with surviving iron pellet inside. The suspension loop is sub-rectangular with an as-cast aperture. The upper half of the bellchamber is undecorated. The lower half has traces of a radial pattern, and has the initials WG on either side of the sound slot. The initials may be those of William Gwynn of Aldbourne, active 1770-1813 (see ref. below).
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Crotal bells
Category: Crotal bells
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Crotal Bell https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/crotal-bells/crotal-bell-32956.html Mon, 29 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT Crotal bells Crotal Bell  
Description: A large copper-alloy crotal bell of the 18th century. The bellchamber is complete, but the integral suspension loop is missing. The upper half of the bellchamber is plain; the lower half is decorated with an eight-petal design. At the base of the bell, and divided by the sound slit, are the initials 'RW', within a circle. Each letter is flanked on either side by an annulet.

The bell is a product of the Wells Foundry of Aldbourne, Wiltshire. The initials are those of Robert Wells, who founded the business in 1755. After his death in 1781, the foundry was run by his sons, Robert (until 1798) and James (until 1825, when it went bankrupt). Bells bearing the RW initials were probably produced even during the period when James was in sole charge.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Crotal bells
Category: Crotal bells
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Crotal Bell https://www.ukdfd.co.uk/v46/artefact/post-medieval-to-modern/crotal-bells/crotal-bell-41904.html Tue, 11 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Crotal bells Crotal  Bell  
Description: A cast copper-alloy crotal bell, complete with iron pellet ('pea clapper'). The suspension loop is sub-rectangular with an as-cast aperture. The upper half of the bellchamber is plain; the lower half is decorated with an eight-petal design. At the base of the bell, and divided by the sound slit, are the initials 'RW', within a circle. Each letter is flanked on either side by an annulet.

The bell is a product of the Wells Foundry of Aldbourne, Wiltshire. The initials are those of Robert Wells, who founded the business in 1755. After his death in 1781, the foundry was run by his sons, Robert (until 1798) and James (until 1825, when it went bankrupt). Bells bearing the RW initials were probably produced even during the period when James was in sole charge.
Category: Post-Medieval to Modern, Crotal bells
Category: Crotal bells
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