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Crotal bells   c1500- 1700  [Challenge entry] by relayer51

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These were all found by me using my Metal detector on farm land around the small village of Oakhanger , Hampshire UK.
Dating from between the mid 1500’s to the late 1700’s, crotal bells were made of either pewter, bronze or a copper alloy. Many makers are known, though the identity of the maker of some of the most commonly found bell varieities is still, oddly enough, a mystery. They were used on horse harnesses, personal decoration , jesters hats or as decorative elements, and range in size from roughly 2.5 cms to well over 10 cms. The larger they are, the less likely it is to find them intact.

While some detectorists remain unimpressed by crotal bells, I love finding them. I think it’s great to hear a crotal bell ring again, knowing you are the first person to hear it for hundreds of years.

Bells such as these can be dated from their decoration and also from the shape of the handles. Early bells were decorated on both upper and lower halves, whereas later on the decoration tended to be on just the lower half. Larger, square handles tend to be later examples. Some of them carry the initials of the maker either side of the slot in the lower half.

These all have a different ring and when rung together it makes look at the sky waiting for Santa to fly by.

I am a 53 year old ageing Hippy with a love of nature . A romantic at heart but sadly single. I used to be a decorator but since my father became ill I have given up my business to care for him full time . When I have time to myself I like nothing more than to get out into the woods or the countryside and capture the sights around me. I hope you enjoy seeing what I see. Thanks for viewing. Kind regards Mark.

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  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 1 year ago

    this is great Mark! always thought it would be great to have one. those bells are that old? It would be great to add where you found it, in your description

  • Thanks Manon , I have added the location to the description . I have been detecting for 20 years on and off , less so since Dad fell ill . I have found coins from Celtic to Roman and through the century’s to the present day. My star find is a 4,500 year old Bronze age Spear head in fantastic condition . It was a real thrill to hold that for the first time in so many years . Have a wonderful festive break and thanks for all your kind comments this year . All the best Mark.

    – relayer51

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyabout 1 year ago

    that’s amazing Mark! 4500 years old… I really want to see it. can you post a picture of it and after you can remove. my little Christmas gift. lol

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...about 1 year ago

    IN LOVE!!! I’d just be thrilled at the idea of knowing I’m walking the same space that humans hundreds of years did…but then to find proof…awesome

  • lynn carter
    lynn carterabout 1 year ago

    How wonderful, would love a collection like that, well done xx

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonabout 1 year ago

    Another amazing and precious find, Mark! Nothing like that anywhere around me! Love your description, too!

  • Kasia Nowak
    Kasia Nowakabout 1 year ago

    Great find Mark!

  • wolftinz
    wolftinz12 months ago

    Congratulations, Top 10 finish in “My Collection” Challenge 2 Jan 2014

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