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According to researchers, the Italian word "campana" (bell) derives from the Latin word "vasa campana" meaning hemispherical brass basins made in the Naples area, whose shape recalled bells. In Latin, the bell was called "tintinnabulum", referring to its sound. Organoligical models show that "campana" has been common in many cultures since prehistory. However, the oldest bells as we know them, date back to a few thousand years before Christ and were found in China. An old legend tells that the bell with an internal hinged clapper was an Italian invention,  and that it was introduced by Saint Paolino, Bishop of Nola in the 5th century A.D., although there is no direct source attesting that he was the real inventor. In any case, it was only after the 8th-9th centuries that churches and parishes were provided with bells, so the first bell towers were built, which would then grow more and more common after the 11th century. Eventually, smelting techniques would improve and countries develop different sounds. New sounds were produced and codified by the respective peoples, and thus reached the present days. In our warehouses you can find a wide range of bells of different size and origin, from big bells used on liners, to small yacht and workboat bells. Among the many liner bells, we would like to mention the Andrea Costa and the Giulio Cesare's bells. The latter has recently been donated to the Galata Sea Museum in Genova. As you can see, we collaborate with the most famous sea museums by helping them retrieve exclusive items all over the world.



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