This handbell was made by Schulmerich Carillons, inc. in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, in 1962. It is made of cast bronze with a leather handle. This handbell is part of a 25-note set of English-type handbells (G4 – G6).

This set of handbells was made for Trinity Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia and used in the church’s music programs. The bells continued in use by the choir until 1983, when Schulmerich replaced them with a new set.

The bells feature U. S. Patent #3139855, filed on January 15, 1963 and granted on July 7, 1964 to Jacob G. Kunz, deceased, and Montgomery County Bank and Trust Company and Bertha L. Kuntz, executors, assignors to Schulmerich Electronics, Inc. for improvements in handbells.

Manufacture Date: 1962

Manufacturer: Schulmerich Carillons, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Pennsylvania, Sellersville

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Credit Line: Gift of Schulmerich Carillons, Inc. (through Ronald O. Beach)

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1984.0763.15Accession Number: 1984.0763Catalog Number: 1984.0763.15

Object Name: bell

Physical Description: bronze (overall material)

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a4-5253-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_609347

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