Set of sleigh bells, made from metal and leather, mounted on a frame. The frame is made of metal with two tripod poles on wheels, joined together at the top and bottom by two bars. Twenty five straps of leather with sleigh bells sewn onto them are suspended from the top bar. From the left, eight straps hold five large sleigh bells each; the bells rise in number and decrease in size to 12 small sleigh bells on the far right straps.

This set of sleigh bells belonged to Joan Stonehewer (1910-1969). Stonehewer was a 'concert artiste' of the variety theatre tradition, who played the saw and other novelty instruments including the sleigh bells professionally. Her engagements included appearances at the Royal Variety Hall and the BBC She also performed at events such as dinners, receptions and cabarets. Her repertoire included songs such as 'Daisy Bell' by Harry Dacre. She was accompanied in these performances by a pianist or ensemble.

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