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Object ID # 1990.008.006
Object Name Bell, Sleigh
Title Swiss-Type Sleigh Bell
Lexicon category 7: Distribution & Transportation Artifact
Date Early 20th-century?
Artist Chiantel Fondeur
Made Chiantel Fondeur
Place of Origin Europe
Description This is a Swiss-style sleigh bell. It is cast with embossed lettering of "Chiantel Fondeur" and "1878 Saignelegier". It is missing its original clapper. Large iron sleigh bell. Clapper is no longer attached.
Makers mark Cast lettering
Provenance Mass-produced in Switzerland and exported to Canada.

Provenance unknown.

Swiss Sleigh Bells
An article by Jack Jamieson mentions that Mr. Chiantel cast bells in his foundry at Saignelegier (Switzerland). Mr. Chiantel later moved to France, where his family carried on the bell business. It is not known how these bells found their way to America but many have shown up in Canada, and a fewer number in the U.S.A.
Collection Transportation, Horses & Equipment Collection
Material Iron
Found Tara, Bruce County