A pair of copper alloy crotals or rumblers
A pair of copper alloy crotals or rumblers
A pair of copper alloy crotals or rumblers

ROBERT WELLS FOUNDRY (founded 1693)

A pair of copper alloy crotals or rumblers

c. 1780 England

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Two copper alloy wagon crotals or rumblers by the bronze founder Robert Wells of Aldbourne, each cast with the maker's initials R.W., and numbered 28.

Crotal bells were extremely popular from at least the early medieval period and although many founders also made this type of bell, no others offered such a range of sizes. Early medieval examples were made in two separate halves, but around 1400 the method of casting them in one whole piece was introduced. These crotals are numbered 28 in the series, and measure approximately 125mm., across. They were the second largest produced by the Wells foundry, the largest cast were numbered 30, and measured 158mm across. Aldbourne was famed for its founders from the early medieval period onwards, and Robert Wells and his two sons Robert and James are widely regarded as the greates exponents of the founders craft.
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Dimensions
Diameter 128.00 cm (50.39 inches)
Stock Code
OLG0042
Medium
bronze
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