Re: Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 144)
This week – Treasures among the Trash – Low cost , good quality
144a – NOVELTY OLD BRASS BELL – MUSHROOM WITH 2 PIXIES
I’m sure this must be one of the rarer novelty brass bells, never seen this version before, it looks like a mushroom top, or may even be a cap with 2 pixies sat on the top, it is a bronze colour on the inside, it measures about 7cm high, 7.8cm long at base, 7cm wide at base.
One of the brass Pearson Page bells, c.1950, two Dartmoor Pixies (also piskie, pisgie, pexie) seated on a mushroom. There are various bells with a single Dartmoor Pixie, also items such as door knockers, letter openers, shoe horns, etc.
144b – ART NOUVEAU FROG-LILY POND BELL BY TAKAHASHI
Relief surface frog and water lily pond motif ceramic bell by Takahashi, Art Nouveau Design-San Francisco, California. The bell was manufactured in Japan for Takahashi and sold in America. The design on the bell is a water lily pond motif with a frog atop the bell handle. This is a really nicely designed bell especially being hand painted, and having a raised design surface. The bell is in excellent vintage condition and measures 4 and 3/4 inches high, and is 3 inches across the bell mouth. Bell still has the original company label on its side.
I admire the Art Nouveau design and simplicity of the color.
144c – Antique Brass & Cast Counter Desk Bell By Russell & Erwin USA c1893
It is just over 3″ high to the top of the knob and the base has a diameter of approx 4.5″.
The base has been stamped showing that it was patented in 1893 by Russell & Erwin of the USA.
It works by turning the knob at the top round not pushing it down, it works well.
We have polished this and as the pictures show there are still a few marks to the brass.
Most of these bells have a dull patina, though this one has been nicely polished,
saving the buyer considerable time and effort.