Beginning in England in the 1690, hand bell ringing has been around for a long time. More recently this style of bell has morphed into the School Bell we know today. Robust, with a carrying sound these bells are perfect both on the playground and for a range of musical ventures in the classroom... Even the odd musical The A-Star School Bell oozes old-school quality, with a robust build and weighty feel that can survive any playground. The 5'' bell is made of hand cast brass, meaning it looks as good as it sounds. With a smooth wooden handle it is also notably comfortable to grip. There's a reason it's a bestseller in schools across the country.