Sanctus Bells
Brass on Wooden Base
Three Bell Tower
Sanctus Bells
American: Mid 20th C.
Brass on wooden base
24 inches high, approximate
$750

Three overlapping beehive-form Sanctus brass bells topped with a decorative cruciform finial, raised on a turned wooden base with disc feet. Each bell sounds with a different tone when struck with a gong mallet. Sanctus bells are rung by a server as part of a Catholic or Episcopal mass during the Eucharist. This bell tower came from a church in New Jersey. It features heavy, high quality castings and probably was used around the 1930s and 1940s.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall oxidation and wear. Gong mallet lacking.

Reference:

"Sanctus Bell." The Episcopal Church. http://archive.episcopalchurch.org/109399_15295_ENG_HTM.htm (24 October 2014).