Cultural Objects, Folk Art
Found Object Bells
PeopleMaker/Creator: Marvin Thomas
PlacesSimpsons (Locust Grove District)
Repurposed metal pieces
- Height (large bell): 9 1/2 inches
- Diameter at base: 5 inches
- Height (small bell:) 4 3/4 inches
- Diameter at base: 2 1/2 inches
Marvin Thomas created these hand bells from a variety of common materials. One handle appears to be the end of a mop handle topped with a rubber walking cane tip finial. He incorporated metal lamp parts and formed the bells’ clappers from metal nuts attached to lengths of chain. While the sound is not especially melodious, these bells are attention-getters!
Keywordsfolk art, bell
Marvin Jewell Thomas (1910 – 2006) was married to Daisy DeWitt Thomas.