Dating sleigh bells
Therefore, horses and sleighs were turned out spotlessly with plenty of decoration, including rich strings of harness bells — again emphasizing the wealth and status of the owner.The sound of harness bells became inextricably linked with winter activity, especially around Christmas, and an icon was born.
Petal bells are almost egg shaped with only a gentle hump around the middle. These holes are decidedly larger than the holes in mid-to-late 1800s bells.Although crotal bells were possibly first used in antiquity, surviving examples that can reliably be dated before the medieval period are rare.The earliest dateable examples identified while carrying out research for the present article are some of the 9th century AD, recovered from female graves in Gotland, Sweden."The guy that made Treats would hate Jessica Rabbit," says Sleigh Bells guitarist Derek Miller with an almost uncomfortable laugh. That trend goes a long way in explaining the three-year gap between albums for a band that previously released a trio of full-lengths in as many years.
Half of the aggro pop duo sits on the edge of a bed in a Chicago hotel room hours before one of his band's only gigs this year, drawing a comparison between he and singer Alexis Krauss' breakout 2010 debut album and their forthcoming new LP, the first Sleigh Bells release in three years and undoubtedly their most full-bore pop effort yet. "If you look at our work rate for the first three records, it was pretty clear that I was trying to avoid real life," Miller says.They have served a number of purposes, from ritual, magical and religious, to musical, signalling and warning.