This Clarksdale Bell from the collection of the Museum of Mississippi History was a trade bell, or a small trinket used by early Spanish explorers as a trade item with the native population. Clarksdale Bells were the earliest variety of trade bells, and the ones found in Mississippi are most likely associated with Hernando de Soto’s 1539-1543 expedition.
Artifacts in the collection of the Museum of Mississippi History are available for viewing by appointment only. Please contact Cindy Gardner, Director of Collections or Nan Prince, Asst. Director of Collections by email to schedule an appointment.