RARE MID-LATE 19TH CENTURY AME RI CAN ANTIQUE HANDMADE 25 LARGE, ETCHED BRASS C H R I S T M A S SLEIGH BELL, THICK, TANNED LEATHER HORSE BELT, with ORIGINAL BRASS BUCKLE & REPEATING LEATHER TIES, with OLD STITCHED LEATHER REPAIRS & ORIGINAL BRASS. [Leather surfaces are alligatored & crackled]. Mid-Late 19th century Ame ri can leather & brass sleigh bell belts for horses & C h r i s t m a s holiday festivities. 49 12" Length x 1 12" Depth x 1 12 Height.For an antique leather and etched brass bell horse collar/belt to have remained in this kind of fairly well-preserved antique condition, which is nearly intact, is close to a miracle. The leather clearly shows signs and ample evidence of age, being alligatored and crackled over its entirety. The leather hasn't been cleaned, oiled or touched. There are some old threaded repairs made to the leather where it has weakened and split. These were performed before and appear to have been realized some time ago. The highly decorative, strung, etched brass bells also haven't been chemically cleaned or polished and boast original, naturally oxidized surfaces and beautiful metal patina. The brass belt buckle is also intact and is original to the strung sleigh bells. Often, these sleigh bell strands would be retired and then hung from a front door to welcome C h r i s t m a s carolers. Their distinctive, soft jingling sound could be heard on many period horse-drawn sleighs, prancing through the woods, gliding gently and quietly, with only the soft, distinctive, melodic chimes created by these brass sleigh bells, heard on snow covered roads. Utterly magnificent and absolutely beautiful. Fair to Good overall antique condition. The item "RARE MID-LATE 19TH C AMERICAN ANTIQUE 25 ETCHED BRASS SLEIGH BELL LEATHER BELT" is in sale since Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Primitives". The seller is "modsanctuary" and is located in Milford, New Hampshire. This item can be shipped worldwide.