Watrous Bell Toys

La vie est belle!

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

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

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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Andres Corona is now a member of Watrous Bell Toys
Jan 7
BellToyBoy posted a blog post

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. See More
Dec 7, 2017
BellToyBoy's blog post was featured

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. See More
Dec 7, 2017
BellToyBoy replied to Robert Watrous's discussion Reproduction Pull Toys and Bell Toys
"A seller on ebay helped me with some information about these reproductions. This is the text from ebay seller vintagelinens09: "Victorian Firemen Bell Ringers Pull Toy Description Victorian Firemen Bell Ringers Pull Toy Dancing…"
Dec 7, 2017
BellToyBoy left a comment for Cici Bevin
"I'd love to talk with you about Bevin Bros. history and records. I  understand from a conversation with Stanley Bevin a while back some records may have been kept elsewhere and thereby survived the fire. I hope that's the case. I…"
May 16, 2017
Cici Bevin is now a member of Watrous Bell Toys
Dec 3, 2016
BellToyBoy commented on BellToyBoy's blog post Watrous Bell Toys site on the move
"Well, maybe this site won't move after all. We were informed of a price hike that would have raised the cost ten times our current pricing. That was quite a shock. Then a new company took over ning, and they "rolled back" the price…"
Oct 2, 2016
BellToyBoy posted a blog post

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, 2016

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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

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

 
 
 

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