Collector's home filled with bells of all kinds: sleigh, harness and animal bells
Gary Spickler and two sets of rump bells made by William Barton between 1808 and 1826 in East Hampton, Conn. These are the oldest bells in Gary's collection. Rump bells were attached to the harness over the horse's flanks.
Two different designs of 19th century saddle chimes. The set in the center consists of nickel-plated Swedish chimes made in the U.S. The bells on the right and left are single bells.
Gary's collection includes cow and sheep bells of varying sizes. These bells helped owners keep tabs on their livestock.
A display showing some of the more than 60 complete bell straps in Gary's collection. Each consists of approximately 25 bells. Some are on the original leather straps; others Gary has put together from old parts and new leather.
Gary has a large collection of individual bells he's obtained over the years at auctions, antique shops, flea markets, and from other collectors.