Watrous Bell Toys

La vie est belle!

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

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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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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
David Sarris is now a member of Watrous Bell Toys
Feb 14
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
BellToyBoy posted a blog post

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, 2016
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, 2016
NCCHP Archives is now a member of Watrous Bell Toys
Feb 29, 2016

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The Mystery of the Missing N. N. Hill Brass Co. buildings. 1 Reply

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A brief history of Watrous Manufacturing Co. 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 — 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

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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