Sleigh bells found at the Titlow family home in Bedford, Massachusetts
Photo: Courtesy of Bob Phillips
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Trinkets and Bells

The round sleigh bell on the right was probably attached to a horse's harness. While bells of this sort date back to the 16th century, the silvery metal points to a 19th-century date because older bells were made of brass. The brass bell on the left is thought to be newer and may have been a Christmas decoration.

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