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Diane
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Hi Garry, glad to see your post(s) on one of my favorite bell types – metal figurine bells. This pretty lady is considered to be Jenny Lind – (1820-1887)
The 19th century singer referred to as ‘The Swedish Nightingale’.

Jenny Lind seems to have been a favorite of figurine bell manufacturers from the late 1800’s to the mid 1900’s. Figurine bells named “Jenny Lind” are available in a wide variety of poses, sizes and quality from quite a few manufacutures. I have posted 3 examples here from my collection – there are many more poses. You have an example of yet another version / manufactuer.

I am rather skeptical of the fact that she is completely made of copper. Only because it is rare to see fully copper figurine bells. I suspect the brass mixture might have contained more copper than usual – thus the color tinting. However maybe one of our metal content specialists may have more of a scientific answer.

Just for fun, I have posted a copy of a real picture of Ms. Lind; she was popular for both her singing and her beauty.

Here’s a bit of her history:
Johanna Maria (Jenny) Lind was born on October 6, 1820, in Stockholm, Sweden. She was only 17 years old when she sang in her first opera in Stockholm.

She was said to be the finest soprano of her time and became an opera star of immense worldwide popularity. In 1850 P.T. Barnum paid her $1000 per concert to come to America. She made her American debut at the Castle Garden Theatre in New York City. She charmed listeners with her exceptional voice, simple personality, and generosity.

Her husband, Otto Goldschmidt, was a famous German pianist who trained with Mendelssohn; they married in Boston while both were on tour in the US.

After her marriage, she appeared on the stage only at intervals and usually at concerts given for charitable causes. Though out her life she remained a great philanthropist. Her later years were spent in London where she died in 1887.

Real Jenny Lind
4inch & 3 inch version, different mfg.
6inch version with full legs as clapper
“rocking” Jenny – due to the shape of the dress will rock side to side.