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Finnish Silver-plated Sleigh Bell, c. Early 1900s

Finnish Silver-plated Sleigh Bell, c. Early 1900s

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These bells were brought to America from Ouln, Finland c. 1911-1914 by August Koskela as a gift for his uncle, Andrew Kungas, a Finnish immigrant living in Phelps, Wisconsin. His daughter, Marie Kungas Rotter, the donor, found them in a horse barn and recalled how they made a beautiful sound and were used for many years during winter months driving her family's team of horses in the north woods, where her father, like many Finnish immigrants, had found work in the logging industry. She said this silver-plated bell was used on a single horse when the family used the cutter to drive to town five miles away. The leather mounting is original and the bell would have been fastened to a harness.
Object Name
Bell, Sleigh
Object Type
suspended bells
associated dates
1911 00 00+ / 1911 00 00+
1981 06 06 / 1981 06 06
Kungas, Andrew
Place Made
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
leather (overall material)
metal, silver-plated (overall material)
average spatial: 8 in; x 20.32 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Mrs. Marie Rotter
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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