This Southwest-inspired rustic wind bell is called San Xavier and is a newer introduction to our original Frontier Mission Wind Bell Collection.
The San Xavier Wind Bell makes 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 11 inches. The width and depth is approximately 3 inches respectively. Hanging chain is included. 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.
These carefully hand crafted instruments compliment the beauty of your garden and environment.
Every Frontier Mission Bell™ bears the monogram of the artist… a small "M" on the striker.
Each of our mission wind bells and chimes is individually handcrafted in Virginia applying time-honored American Craftsman techniques. Part of our "All Things Made Better in America" mindset..
A bit of Mission Bell history:
San Xavier Mission near Tucson, AZ was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church was completed in 1797.
The current church dates from the late 1700's, when Southern Arizona was part of New Spain. In 1783, Franciscan missionary Fr. Juan Bautista Velderrain was able to begin construction on the present structure using money borrowed from a Sonoran rancher. He hired an architect, Ignacio Gaona, and a large workforce of O'odham to create the present church.
It is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona. The church's interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. It is a wonderful representation of an authentic 18th Century space.
The church retains its original purpose of ministering to the religious needs of its parishioners.