These beautiful Bronze Altar / Sacristy / Sanctus Bells date back to the 18th Centruy. They feature a beautiful little Angel / Cherub / Putti and baroque decorations on the handle. The three feet the Bells are standing on when not used are in a horse leg and hoof design. 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 a triangular star fitting in baroque design. It used to be completely cover in Gilt, which after circa 300 years is mostly gone. Some of it is still in place and gives the beautiful patina an extra sparkle.
This is a very rare and special piece.
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 very good antique condition - one or two of the original nuts and one of the bell tongue have been replaced in former times. (PLEASE SEE PHOTOS)
Measurements: 5 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch
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