Watrous Bell Toys

La vie est belle!

Contact Bob Watrous at watrousr@centurylink.net with any questions.

Other Bell Toy and antique bell Sites

Old Wood Toys has guides and a search feature to help with toy identification:

Old Wood Toys

I'm a member of the American Bell Association:

American Bell Association International, Inc.

I'm a member of the Antique Toy Collectors of America:

Antique Toy Collectors of America

The Connecticut Historical Society Library holds many records of interest to bell and bell toy collectors:

Connecticut Historical Society

The Chatham Historical Society has a large collection of bell toys as well as many bell related exhibits: Chatham Historical Society East Hampton CT

Volunteers at the Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation have been working to archive the large collection of documents spanning over 100 years of toy drum making history. NCCHP

 

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DING DONG BELL TOY

"i added the credits already  bertoia auctions thanks  "
Mar 30
kelvin left a comment for kelvin
"what a  amazing  looking toy      i have never seen  any other     thanks "
Mar 29
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"photo credit bertoia auctions one toy is from my collection and other one was max berry auction pictures credit bertoia"
Mar 29
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DING DONG BELL TOY

"Kelvin, Please add a credit to any photos if you did not take the photographs. It's only fair to the people that initially did the work. This is a very nice example of the toy made by Gong Bell Mfg. Co. I like what Gong Bell did with the…"
Mar 28
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Mar 28
BellToyBoy left a comment for kelvin
"I purchased a few toys from Max Berry. One of them was a little Watrous Mfg. Co. "bird bell toy." It's the only one I know of and it's in excellent condition. Max Berry had a long story about getting that bird that he wrote in my…"
Mar 28
kelvin commented on BellToyBoy's blog post The Max Berry Antique Toy Collection, A Fabulous Opportunity for Some, Another Lost Opportunity for America
"WHICH TOY U PURCHASED ?"
Mar 28
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St. Paddy's Day bell toys

For this St. Paddy's day I'm posting several bell toys that are related to U.S. - Irish history. Not everything is politically correct by today's standards. These toys were made in the later half of the 1800s when two events were occurring simultaneously. One was the popularity of the traveling circuses. The second was a wave of immigrants from Europe prompted by desperate conditions there, and the availability of low priced steam boat transportation across the Atlantic to "the land of…See More
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St. Paddy's Day bell toys

For this St. Paddy's day I'm posting several bell toys that are related to U.S. - Irish history. Not everything is politically correct by today's standards. These toys were made in the later half of the 1800s when two events were occurring simultaneously. One was the popularity of the traveling circuses. The second was a wave of immigrants from Europe prompted by desperate conditions there, and the availability of low priced steam boat transportation across the Atlantic to "the land of…

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Posted by BellToyBoy on March 16, 2018 at 5:00pm

American Bell Association New England Chapter meeting

The American Bell Association's New England Chapter will be having a meeting on April 28th in East Hampton Connecticut. Jay Hansen, East Hampton Town Historian, has invited me to give a presentation. I will present a history of East Hampton bell toys. Details to follow. 

Posted by BellToyBoy on March 14, 2018 at 2:02pm

Toys at Morris Museum Dec 14th 2017 to March 4th 2018

  I just dropped off some bell toys at the Morris Museum in Morristown, N.J. They are having an exhibition of Toys from Dec. 14th, 2017 through March 4th, 2018. http://morrismuseum.org/ There are some toys from my collection, and many from others that will be shown. 

Posted by BellToyBoy on December 7, 2017 at 5:16pm

Watrous Bell Toys site on the move

Ning.com just announced a substantial rate hike effective October 1, 2016. Due to this change we will be looking for a new home for this Watrous Bell Toys site. Hopefully we will be able to migrate the content from this site to the new one.

Life is good,

Bob

Posted by BellToyBoy on August 31, 2016 at 5:06pm — 1 Comment

Noble & Cooley

Many of you in the rings that revolve around the antique toy world probably know of Noble & Cooley for their toy drums. Those that revolve around the Civil War history world know of their drums that kept the beat at so many bloody battles. Others in the rings revolving around the music world know of them for the custom drums they are still making today, some 150 years after they started making drums. For me I know of them for a little side line they made for a short while, chime…

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Posted by BellToyBoy on March 1, 2016 at 3:00pm

 
 
 

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