BONG! craaack!” sounded the inaugural ringing of the Liberty Bell in 1753. The very first stroke of its clapper produced an irreparable crack. Disappointed, the Philadelphians entrusted it to a local foundry, Pass & Stow, who melted down and recast the poor bell two times. Their new versions could ring without cracking; unfortunately, few people wanted to hear them because of their poor tone. The ringing was used to summon the people of Philadelphia to hear special proclamations. The most famous ringing was on July 8, 1776, when it signaled the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Over time, another crack appeared and grew until 1846, when the beloved bell could be rung no more. To this day though, you can still hear freedom ring on every Fourth of July, when the Liberty Bell is tapped (very gently!) and its chime is echoed by bells throughout the nation. Hand-blown and hand-painted in Poland.

Product Features

  • Hand blown and hand decorated glass ornament
  • Made the traditional way in Europe by artisans trained in their craft for generations
  • Heirloom quality
  • Comes nestled in acid-free tissue in a gift box
  • Keep out of direct sunlight; clean gently with a soft cloth