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    Need help with small bell ID

    Howdy all. I believe this is the first time I have posted in the "what is it" section. I'm having some trouble identifying a small bell I found earlier today.

    The wife and I drove about 35 minutes out of town into the foothills northeast of Fresno California today to pick up our little girl from grandmas house. My inlaws have a 14 acre lot out there and I have never hunted it. Finally decided to bring the detector out and swing for an hour or so while I still had some light.

    Found some clad and other junk, but the one find that really caught my eye was this small bell. At first I thought it was a big fishing sinker weight due to its shape, but then I realized there was a split filled with dirt and some engraving on both sides. Upon cleaning it up, the "dingler " still dings and the engraving looks to be a hand-scribed flower or sunburst.

    I know it's nothing too exciting or amazing, but I don't find many relics here in central California. I know crotal bells come up a lot back east, but I never see anything like that around here.

    The area dates back to the mid-late 1800s. Was ranch land before the town popped up.

    Thanks for any info on my little jingle bell! Sorry for the long post! HH and GL

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    cat collar bell ??
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    Looks like a World Bazar item sold in the 60's. Usually made in India?
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    Quote Originally Posted by A2coins View Post
    cat collar bell ??
    Yeah I was thinking small animal bell also....it's the metal and the shaping marks on it that are throwing me off...doesn't look like a modern cat bell at least lol. Who knows...thank you for your input! 🏻
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony in SC View Post
    Looks like a World Bazar item sold in the 60's. Usually made in India?
    World bazaar...hmmm. Could be! Thanks for the input. I know it's nothing super exciting, but just trying to get some ideas what it could be thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony in SC View Post
    Looks like a World Bazar item sold in the 60's. Usually made in India?
    Agree. The crude casting makes me think 1970's rather than 1870's.
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    Yeah, I bet there's some small bells being sold in this madhouse...along with everything else ever made in the entire world hahahaha. I would have to take a bottle of Xanax before even thinking about going to the "world bazaar"! Craziness!!

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    Google: Sarna Bell

    It's from India. My mother used to have a ton of these, all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, the other boys are correct, Pier One Imports, or the like.

    Good luck sir!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolina Tom View Post
    Google: Sarna Bell

    It's from India. My mother used to have a ton of these, all shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, the other boys are correct, Pier One Imports, or the like.

    Good luck sir!
    Hey thank you Tom, and everyone else for your information! Yeah it looked different from any other bell I had found, and being where I was, I thought I should ask. Always curious about intact objects pulled from beneath. Thanks again and HH sir!

    The Sgt

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    Hang it from your Harley. It would make an excellent gremlin bell. Especially because you found it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trdking View Post
    Hang it from your Harley. It would make an excellent gremlin bell. Especially because you found it.
    Yeah if I did ride a Harley, I'd probably think about it. But I'm only 31 so I got about 25 more years before I hit my midlife crisis and need to look young and cool again! Maybe then I'll buy that Harley! Once that happens, I'll pull the Hindu tinker bell from the universe bazaar out and strap it to my hog! I'll get my new second ex-wife in NO time with that sweet sweet setup! Until then, I'm gonna lace it around my neck so when I'm in the woods, everyone can hear me jinglin' and I won't get lost or raped! BEST FIND EVER! It'll serve me well the rest of my life! Sweet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony in SC View Post
    Looks like a World Bazar item sold in the 60's. Usually made in India?
    I agree an India made bell.
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