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a crotal bell

Crotal bells, also known as rumble bells, were used on horse-drawn vehicles before motorised vehicles were common.

Description[edit]

They were orb-shaped bells made of bronze with a slot cut down the side and a round iron ball placed inside, which made the bell ring when it moved. These bells were used to warn other horse-drawn vehicle users (mostly on country roads) that another vehicle was approaching. They came in many sizes, from a small 1-inch version to bells that were many inches across. the older ones were forged while others were cast.

Usage[edit]

They were either hung on a small leather-and-iron harness bracket above the horse's collar on smaller vehicles. On larger vehicles, such as delivery wagons, they were driven into the wooden frame of the wagon.

References[edit]


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Sevenoaks Chronicle

Sevenoaks Chronicle
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 02:52:30 -0800

"I've been concentrating my last few searches around this area and the crotal bell (often attached to carts or cattle) and brooch suggest the area adjacent to this track was an area through which people passed." He added: "You get an amazing amount of ...

Spectator.co.uk

Spectator.co.uk
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:22:33 -0700

But enough digressions about metal detecting — or before you know it, I'll be telling you about the fibula brooch I found the other day, and maybe even the crotal bell, and don't get me started on the strange crescent bronze thing with pockmarks on ...

St Helens Star

St Helens Star
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:11:49 -0700

Bell_Ray_Waring_ip4814 Inglenook Farm, Rainford bypass Description:Metal detector man and his find Contact name:Ray Waring Contact phone:01744 885547 Details:Ray Waring with his Crotal Bell which he found with detector. Pic of him holding metal ...
 
SILive.com
Thu, 17 Jun 2010 11:23:07 -0700

The small, round bell pictured here is referred to as a “crotal” bell. Its style dates back hundreds, if not thousands of years. This particular one, made of bronze, dates to the late 18th century, bears the initials of the maker — “L A” — and is ...
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