Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Reed and Barton Silverplate Nativity Bell Series

In an earlier post we looked at bells of porcelain and ceramic. Today's topic is silverplated Nativity Bell Ornaments, Made in USA by Reed and Barton. A set of 10 were issued, 2 per year, from 1983 to 1987.
Three inches, the handles of bells depict nativity characters, and are marked on back, "Nativity Bell RAB." Each has a small hole for hanging on the Christmas tree.

Each bell figure was created from characters depicted in the nativity painting done by the Florentine Italian artist, Sandro Botticelli c1445-1510.

The first two bells issued in 1983, feature the Christ Child and Wise Man Melchoir with a coffer of gold. (Note: The bells are not polished, but were photographed in their 80's vintage finish!)

For 1984 there was an Angel, and Wise Man Baltazar with Incense.

In 1985 Wise Man Jaspar with his gift of Myrrh, and a Shepherd with a lamb at his feet.

Joseph and a Noblewoman were the characters for 1986.
The final pair, in 1987, were Mary and a Nobleman with a tethered monkey alongside.

Here is a view of the three Magi together, after a quick polish:

And with a blue background:

Thanks for stopping by and do visit again soon to see other treasures at CNG.


  1. Enjoyed see your R&B bells, Carrie. I don't think I've seen these before which made it lots of fun.


    Sheila :-)

  2. Mrs. Magpie,
    I'm glad you like them!

  3. Never knew about these. My grandmother just gave me the whole set last month. Love them