Curiosities

 
 
 
Chime Bells, 1950's.  Made by E. Bilger Co., Germany. These are a set of 8 tiny chrome-plated, steel, clapperless saucer bells, 1.5" to 3" in diameter, 4 bells each suspended on 2 bars. The bells are (roughly) tuned to an Eb diatonic scale and are played by striking with a triangle beater. They are more useful as ambient, rather than definite-pitch percussion.

Temple bells, Early 1900's, China.  5 graduated, cast saucer bells, suspended from braided cords.  The bells are decorated with dragons, geometric borders, and lacquered.  The inside is hand hammered (see pic. #4).  There is a small rosette at the top of each bell that has a brass ring to accept the cord.  This is attached to a screw that passes through the bell, with a brass hook inside to hang the next bell.  Since they are painted, it’s impossible to tell if they are bronze, brass or copper.  The castings are thick, but they are very lightweight.  They have a mellow, hauntingly beautiful sound with pronounced overtones (wild) and “wah.”  They are roughly tuned to Eb4, Gb4, Bb4, F5, Ab5.  Diameter:  5 7/8”, 5”, 4 1/4”, 3 1/2” & 3”.  Interestingly, smaller hemisphere bells produce the same pitch as their much larger handbell counterparts.   

Sanctus (altar) Bells.  Gold-plated cast brass.  Used during communion in Catholic services.  These are antiques, but you can purchase new sets at Catholic Liturgicals.http://catholicliturgicals.com/file://localhost/Users/BellN/Sites/Site_2/Curiosities_files/Media/China%20Hanging%201/shapeimage_2_link_0