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North Highlands Community Museum

Bell, Sleigh

Accession number: 1979.4.91B
Date: before 1979
Materials: Metal; leather
Measurements: 5.1 cm Diameter
Group: Made in Nova Scotia
Narrative: Sleigh bells date back to the earliest times - archaeologists have found horse bells in England dating back to the time of the Roman Empire. Many people believed that such bells would attract wealth or other good fortune. Eventually, horse bells became a practical feature for wagons and sleighs travelling in the countryside. Their purpose was to warn pedestrians and other drivers. Some areas enacted laws making sleigh bells mandatory.

There are two bells, one bell has a piece of leather on one end.