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Historical Introduction. Bells are one of a very small number of artefacts that have been in virtually continuous production for over years. The earliest known examples were made in China before BC, and they were familiar everyday objects to the ancient Indians, Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.
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We stopped at several small towns along the way. These are larger in size then most I have seen, so they have a different sound. Did you know that horse bells have been found by archaeologists in England, dating back to the Roman Empire? They were used for show, and as a symbol of wealth.
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Crotal bells Greek 'crotalon' - castanet or rattle are various types of small bells or rattles. They were produced in various Pre-Columbian cultures. In Europe they were made from probably before the early Middle Ages and though many founders cast bells of this type, the Robert Wells bell foundry of Aldbourne, Wiltshire produced the largest range. The first medieval designs came in two separate halves into which a metal pea was introduced and the two halves were then soldered or crimped together.