Art: Bells

Mr. Nathaniel Spear Jr. is a short, dark, slick-haired Yaleman of 41, a connoisseur of tapestries and an executive head of a group of furniture stores in New York and Pittsburgh. If Mr. Spear wanted to, he could produce one of the most remarkable jingle-jangles of sound ever heard: he could set all his 885 bells to ringing simultaneously. During years of travel Mr. Spear has collected bells from big to tiny, many of them old and odd, most of them ringable—the largest collection in the world. Last week proud Mr. Spear moved them...

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