Watrous Bell Toys

La vie est belle!

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

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Other Bell Toy and antique bell Sites

A Bevin web site to help Bevin keep the bell making in Belltown:

Keep The Bells In Belltown

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

 

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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,BobSee More
Aug 31
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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 hoops.Noble…See More
Mar 1
BellToyBoy left a comment for NCCHP Archives
"Hi, Welcome to the world of bell toys. I'd be glad to have you add things to my site and/or link your site to mine. Life is good, Bob"
Feb 29
NCCHP Archives is now a member of Watrous Bell Toys
Feb 29
BellToyBoy replied to Robert Watrous's discussion N. N. Hill documents at the Connecticut Historical Society Library
"I recently revisited the Connecticut Historical Society to follow up on my research into this collection. Five hours only got me a small way through this treasure trove of bell manufacturing and bell toy making history. I found my distant relative,…"
Jan 19
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Red Tin Phone

this is actually my favorite, lousy photo, but tinypic is shut down ATM, will get better shots. Gong Bell Red Tin Phone from the 1950's. New in the Box still, a Christmas present from my Mom about a decade or more ago. It is the second one I played…
Nov 2, 2015
sheila barton engel is now a member of Watrous Bell Toys
Oct 28, 2015
Ellen-Jo Lancey is now a member of Watrous Bell Toys
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The Mystery of the Missing N. N. Hill Brass Co. buildings. 1 Reply

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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

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 3:04pm

Bevin Bros. from Yankee magazine in 2010

Here's an article about Bevin Bros. from Yankee magazine in 2010, before the fire.

Bevin Bros. article

Posted by BellToyBoy on June 6, 2015 at 4:46am

A recent article in the Bell Tower by Rob Roy titled "Donkey Mechanical Tap Bell - Original or Reproduction?"

A recent article in the American Bell Association's Bell Tower by Rob Roy, titled "Donkey Mechanical Tap Bell - Original or Reproduction?" gave a great description of the differences between the original and the reproduction. I've seen a few of both. I have never seen one with the owl. I have a reproduction, but have yet to add an original to my collection. I don't collect tap bells. I collect bell toys, so why would I be interested in this tap bell? It's because it was made by Gong Bell…

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Posted by BellToyBoy on April 6, 2015 at 10:37am — 2 Comments

Thanks to all who have helped me with my bell toy history puzzle!

Thanks!

More than a few friends have been helping me find pieces to my bell toy history puzzle. Just recently I've received pieces from Dean Markham, Jay Hansen, Elaine Brophy, Barbara Sargent, Richard Mueller, and a librarian as yet unidentified at The East Hampton Public Library.

Jay Hansen sent me a newspaper article about Joel Perkins, a bell toy designer at Gong Bell. that…

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Posted by BellToyBoy on February 16, 2015 at 11:30am

 
 
 

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