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Handbells set to ‘ring in’ the bids at auction

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A rather unusual lot is set to sell as part of the ever-diverse catalogue for Midlands auction house Cuttlestones’ Friday 6th November Specialist Collectors’ Sale.

A set of 53 handbells, in the main made by the renowned maker Taylor of Loughborough, together with music and associated ephemera will come under the hammer. Comprising a 22C – 01C, 4.5 octave chromatic set, plus an additional eighteen bells, the lot is sure to be a scoop for keen percussionists or members of handbell teams.
Cuttlestones’ MD & Head Auctioneer, Ben Gamble, says:
“We quite often sell musical instruments through our specialist collectors’ sales, but I must say this is the first time we’ve had any handbells through. The fact that it’s such a comprehensive set and includes music and other items makes it all the more unusual. According to the vendor, the bells originated from Hope Baptist Church, in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire. They were originally part of a bigger set, but the rest were sold by the church at auction some years ago.
“In terms of an estimate, this is a really niche item so it’s hard to say. However, Taylors bells are renowned as being the finest in the world and we reach a global marketplace. We’re anticipating significant interest in this lot via the internet and telephone, so it will be very exciting to see what they achieve on the day.”
The handbells will sell at Wolverhampton Auction Rooms on Friday 6th November from 10am. Viewing will be held from 10am – 7pm Thursday 5th November, and from 9am onwards on the day of the sale. 
The catalogue will be available online via the website from Friday 30th October. For those unable to attend on the day of the sale, telephone, commission and live internet bidding options are available. For further information please call 01902 421985. 
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