Re: Re: Brass Lady Bells
Hi. There isn’t a lot of information about most of the lady bells. The have been made since probably the 1700’s and are being made now. There are a few that were put out when certain actresses were popular, such as Jenny Lind, and they are the most common. Some were made after the second World War from mortar shells and are in the shape of oriental ladies. Many are patterned after various Queens, mostly English.
Many of the older patterns have been copied, so there are many available. Of course the really older ones are the most valuable. Lady Bells were widely made and used during the 1800’s as bells to call the servants. The were attractive sitting on tables amongst the other bric-a-brac.
They are very collectable and some, such as the ones with the ivory faces, are very valuable. Hope that helps a little.
—original reply by “Denise of ttcantiques” on the Bell Talk forum 12/26/04