Annual Edition of Twelve Days of Christmas Bells by Reed & Barton.
1978 Pair of Bells: Three French Hens - 1978 Approx 1 1/4 inches tall Four Colly Birds - 1978 Approx 1 3/16 inches tall
Bell portion is approximately 1 7/16 inches tall and 1 1/4 inches in diameter at the large end
Ornaments are mint and the silver plate is as you see in the pictures - untarnished Box is intact but has shelf wear and browning from age
PHOTOS ARE OF ACTUAL ITEM:
For centuries, "The Twelve days of Christmas" has been one of our most cherished and festive Christmas Carols. Inspired by this joyful song, Reed & Barton Silversmiths have recreated its timeless characters in rich lifetime silverplate for a unique two-by-two annual series of miniature Christmas Bells.
All of the bells in the series follow the lyrics of the original carol, 'The Twelve Days of Christmas" and each subject in this unusual Christmas list becomes the inspiration for another Reed & Barton silverplated "Twelve Days Bell"... A Partridge in a Pear Tree - 1977 Two Turtle Doves - 1977 Three French Hens - 1978 Four Colly Birds - 1978 Five Golden Rings - 1979 Six Geese a-laying - 1979 Seven swans a-Simming - 1980 Eight Maids a-milking - 1980 Nine ladies dancing - 1981 Ten lords a-leaping - 1981 Eleven pipers piping - 1982 and twelve drummers drumming - 1982
Each holiday season, Reed & Barton will offer a new pair of Twelve Days Bells until the 'carol' has been completed. Each year, too, all prior editions of Twelve Days Bells will be offered, freshly minted annually for each holiday season.
Thus the collector can always add to or fill in, this distinguished series of silver bells whether for ownership or gift-giving year after year.
For collectors who wish to display their Twelve Days Bells year rond, Reed & Barton offers a handsome wooden display shelf, specially designed to display the Twelve Days Bell collection on a wall or mantle.
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