These beautiful Bronze Altar / Sacristy / Sanctus Bells date back to the first half of the 19th Centruy. They feature a beautiful Rococo decorations. Each bell has a different size so when you chime them they make a lovely multi tonal sound, which reminds me of the beginning of a Christmas Song. Each Bell is attached to the bronze fitting in Rococo design. It has a beautiful patina and a nice shine.
About Altar Bells:
In the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, in Lutheranism, in Methodism, and in the Anglican Communion, an altar or sanctus bell is typically a small hand-held bell or set of bells. The primary reason for the use of sanctus/altar bell(s) is to create a joyful noise to the Lord as a way to give thanks for the miracle taking place atop the Altar of Sacrifice. An ancillary function of the bell(s) is to focus the attention of those attending the Mass that a supernatural event is taking place on the altar. Such bells are also commonly referred to as the Mass bell, sacring bell, Sacryn bell, saints' bell, sance-bell, or sanctus bell (or "bells", when there are three) and are kept on the credence table or some other convenient location within the sanctuary.
Condition: In good antique condition - the bronze has been bent a bit in some places and one of the bell tongues has been replaced in former times. It has a beautiful patina and a nice shine (PLEASE SEE PHOTOS)
Measurements: circa 8 x 8 x 5 inch
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