This Southwest-inspired rustic wind bell is called San Gabriel and is the most popular bell in our Mission Bell Collection. The rustic finish on this exclusive bell was designed to celebrate the planting of the Trinity Vine at Mission San Gabriel. The Trinity Vine is known as the Mother Vine of California. The oldest California winery was established at Mission San Gabriel during the 1770s. The San Gabriel Wind Bell features our signature grape motif with intricate details on the bell’s surface that find their inspiration from grapes on the vine.
Our Mission Style Bells and chimes make a gorgeous addition to any home, deck, patio, greenhouse, or garden. It is the perfect gift for anyone that enjoys rustic elegance.
The length of the bell body plus the striker is about 10 inches. The width and depth are approximately 3 inches respectively. Our rustic bells are not cast as in the old days but made from new and repurposed materials. As with the appearance, the tone of the bell is rustic.
Each of our San Gabriel Frontier Bells is individually handcrafted in Virginia applying time-honored American Craftsman techniques.
To guarantee authenticity each one of our wind bells and chimes bears the monogram of the artist… a small "M" on the striker.
A bit of Mission Bell history;
Mission San Gabriel is a Californian mission and historic landmark in San Gabriel, California. It was founded by Spaniards of the Franciscan order on "The Feast of the Birth of Mary," September 8, 1771, as the fourth of what would become twenty-one Spanish missions in California. During this time, locally made bells were crudely cast in a sand mold in the ground. Fine bells imported from Spain or Mexico often had a saint’s name and date included on their outer surfaces as part of the original casting.