Vintage India Engraved Brass Tea Bell
This bell is one of the nearly 1,000 bell collection of New Mexico matriarch, Lillian Yrisarri de Livingston, great-granddaughter of Don Francisco Xavier Chavez, the first governor of New Mexico when the territory came under Mexican rule in 1822. Lillian collected her bells from 1943 to her death in 1957. She was a member of the American Bell Association at that time. For the past fifty years her bells sat undisturbed and forgotten in storage. Although she kept an accurate ledger detailing each of the bells, her journal #1 was never recovered. Journal #1 documented bells numbered 1-360. This one did not have a numbered tag on it but is one of the #1-360. These were collected from 1943 to 1949.
Engraved inside of bell in dot script: Made in India 596 C 3317
This is a rare opportunity to own a unique and documented artifact from one of New Mexico 's prominent families. (See my other listings from this collection.)
4"h, 2"w; 3.6 oz
If you buy one of her bells and are further interested, I will be glad to email old newspaper articles that were done about Lillian and her collection.