Antique Bell

1878 Saignelegier bell. Research turned up this: Bevin Bros. Mfg. Co. of East Hampton, Connecticut USA, has made these bells for many decades. According to their brochure:

“These Swiss cow and sheep bell reproductions are hand cast from mold patterns found in the Bevin Bros. factory almost 100 years ago. Each bell is cast from bronze in the pattern of the famous 1878 Saignelegier bell, which, legend tells, comes form the town of the same name.”

Don’t know if this an original or a reproduction. I do know it’s LOUD. It lived in the basement and we kids were forbidden to ring it unless outside. I thought it had something to do with Daddy’s navy experience, but no, it’s for cows…

Our best bell story centers around a crystal bell my parents received as a wedding gift. (What is it with weddings that call forth bells. My husband and I got one too. To call the servants? The kids?) Somewhere along the years, the clapper broke off. No matter. Daddy kept it in the bathroom and used it for a glass when he brushed his teeth!


  1. I love the idea of using a bell for a drinking glass. My family had a big bell on the porch to call kids home. If your bell was made from the original molds, it couldn’t exactly be a “reproduction” no matter when it was made, could it?

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