Re: Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 13)
CLOCHE – SONNETTE DE TABLE ANCIENNE EN CRISTAL
Belle clochette ou sonnette de table ancienne d’une hauteur de 11,2 cm, base de forme
carrée : 4,5 x 4,5 cm. Cloche réalisée en cristal de couleur grenat et prise en métal ou
bronze représentant une hermine surmontée d’une courone.
Beautiful antique bell or table bell, height of 11.2 cm (4.5 in), base in the form of a
square: 4.5 x 4.5 cm (1.8 x 18/ in). Crystal bell in garnet color and made in metal or
bronze, representing an ermine surmounted by a crown.
This is one of the so-called Flint Glass bells. They are thought to have been made in France (some are marked as such) around 1900, but nobody really knows much about them. Most have a figural handle with a complementary theme for the clapper. Some, like this one, have a plain ball clapper. There are about 20 different designs known to exist. There is some conjecture that they were associated with Baccarat, but I know of no proof. One does know that they are rare, they are highly collectable, and they are expensive.
The seller states that the handle is metal or bronze. The ones I have seen appear to have been made of spelter/pewter/pot metal. I would caution you that if the handle is bent, do NOT try to straighten it or it may snap off.
Listing has expired on French eBay:
By way of comparison, another four Flint Glass bells are shown – Rooster and Egg; Rabbit and Carrot; Cat and Mouse; Jeweled fleur de lys and Acorn-shaped clapper. The rarity increases from left to right. The Rooster slipped through relatively unnoticed on French eBay a few years and sold at a low price in the $300 range. The remainder were sold at various ABA Convention auctions for $1050, $1300, and $2150 respectively.