Re: Re: Old brass christmas bell?
I tend to agree with Harry.
The swag decoration was fairly common for quite a while. The encyclopedia Britannica puts it this way: “Garlands have been a part of religious ritual and tradition from ancient times” And goes on to mention it seen even in Egyptian hieroglyphs.
If you can get a better set of close up photos of the images around the bell and the figure on top, it would help. But I suspect that Harry has it pinned down pretty closely.