Re: Re: French Bell?
This bell is a real beauty. The style and the intricate disk on the crown suggests that it is a French Flint Glass Bell. This is different than the square bells with the colorful animal handles and clappers that we associate with flint glass bells. There are other flint glass bells and this appears to be one. These were made in France in the late 1800s-early 1900s and were sold as gifts and presentation pieces. Some sources attribute them to Baccarat, but I am unaware that this association has ever been confirmed. The handle most likely represents the letters of the organization for which it was made. I know nothing more about it, but you have a very beautiful and valuable bell.
Harry Long, MD