Antique French metal cow or goats bell with oval wooden collar top


Shipping to United States: $39.12

An antique French bell with beautifully made wooden collar top to attach to an animals harness, to help the herders find the flock.
These items are usually found in the mountainous areas of France on the borders of Germany and Switzerland.
Often bells like this are sold as souvenirs, with a leather tag or collar featuring the name of the town or region, but this one is a genuine animal bell.
The oval wooden collar would not have been for the animals neck, it would have facilitated hanging the bell free around the animals chest, attached to a leather or woven twine harness or collar so that the sound rang true and clear.
This item was handmade and has been carefully crafted from a bentwood stave shaped into an oval using steam, with wooden fixtures bolting and pinning it together. The bell was made by hammering out a sheet of metal and shaping it to form the vessel for the clapper, and a bar slot across the top to hang from the wooden collar. Remarkable craftsmanship and possibly having centuries of age.
The clapper inside the metal bell is formed from a piece of claw or horn, very unusual.
A lovely antique item from France.
The bentwood collar has a small piece missing at one side, and the bell has a rusty patina.

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