November 25th, 2010

roadside finds – sarna bells

Let me start by saying that when I started this (couple day late) roadside find post, I was not banking on the wealth of information my roadside find would uncover!bells of sarna noel

This is a Bell of Sarna. I came across two of these little red darlings sometime within the last three years on the side of my road, and couldn’t help but pocket them. They have since graced our tree every year, and call it ignorance or just laziness, I never took the time to look into these seemingly handmade little gems.bells of sarna noel2

I knew the bells were beautiful, that is for sure. And I knew that they were previously well loved, as much of the red paint had begun to scratch off of the brass bell beneath. What I didn’t know was the amazing story that surrounds these lovely decorations. Heck, I didn’t even know that “Bells of Sarna India” was inscribed in each bell until tonight. Amazing what a macro photo shoot will uncover.bells of sarna happy holidaybells of sarna happy holiday2

The bells have hand-pounded lettering, one proclaiming “Happy Holiday” (no “s”), the other a joyous “Noel” on either side. That was apparently enough for me, as even though these bells obviously had history, I neglected to look into it. I’m a sucker for the pretty.bells of sarna india

Long story short, these bells became the livelihood, and ultimately the legacy, of one S. S. Sarna (yes, I too assumed Sarna was a location in India). His beautiful story about possibility and uprising is the perfect pairing to the spirit of the Holiday season.bells of sarna

I am so thrilled that one person’s past-treasure eventually became my forever-treasure. Knowing the history that these little guys hold makes it like finding treasure all over again. It’s because of stories, traditions, renewal, and growth like this that I cherish the Christmas season so.

Check out the story of the Bells of Sarna straight from S. S. Sarna himself right here.

6 comments on “roadside finds – sarna bells”

  1. These little bells are beautiful. I hope you keep them forever and pass them on to your children with the story so that the tradition will be kept forever.
    Congratulations on your find.

  2. I surely will Mama! Same as I know all the stories of your favorites :) Reminds me, I’m gonna do a post on Nana’s chandelier crystals while I’m home!

  3. Hi Vikki,
    I found your blog last night through Benita but I only had a chance to read your profile. It was late and I was shattered so I thought I’d come back today and say Hi.
    I think these bells are gorgeous and can’t believe they were found on the side of the road. I mean literally ??
    Were they in a box, or just lying in the gutter or what ??
    Amazing find.. and it’s nice to find another Canuck in Blogland.
    Will you go back to NS for the holidays, or are you guys staying in Toronto.??
    Jo xx

  4. Fascinating story and the bells are lovely.

  5. Hi Jo and Bill! Such a nice Canadian couple to come across! Jo, I love the blog; subscribed right away :)

    Yah, I found the bells on the side of the road; we live on a one-way street in TO (very cozy neighborhood) and people are always putting things out to share with whoever stumbles upon them. I think these guys were just sitting amongst the grass curbside if I remember correctly. “One man’s trash…” I guess!

    I had written the American Bell Association about them, as that is where I found the story by S. S. Sarna,, and my story actually got to the Ontario Bell Chapter, so they are going to try and help me figure out some more history about the bells! Very cool :)

    Jeffy and I will be heading back to NS for the holidays: SO very excited! Haven’t been since June, so we are due!

    Thanks for the visit guys! xo

  6. Hope you have a great time down East. My daughter and her boyfriend are coming to Comox to visit us for Xmas; we’re really looking forward to it

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