Re: Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 164)
164a – WW1, TRENCH ART, BRASS HAND BELL
A WW1 period, Trench Art, Hand Bell, made from a used brass artillery shellcase.
It is marked “1917”, but the other numbers have been almost polished out.
It measures approx. 8” overall the handle, whilst the bell section measures approx. 3 ½” x 3 ½” dia.
Another so-called Trench Art item. These larger artillery shells can be converted
into surprising good bells. This one has an interesting and unusual handle.
164b – RARE Antique Hotel counter desk BELL Bronze Marked
Nice marked antique bronze bell fantastic sound….. very rare
Typical seller has no idea what it is, takes a shotgun approach to listing, hoping to hit something.
This is an exterior doorbell, to be mounted near an entrance.
Well made, maker’s logo looks familiar, but I cannot place it.
164c – Mid Century Modern Rare FOSTORIA American Glass Bell Black & White Perfect!
Rare and beautiful Mid Century Modern Fostoria American bell.
Measures about 7″ tall x 4″ diameter.
Black & White colored glass with clapper.
Free from chips, cracks, or repairs, signed Fostoria.
Outside my normal area, but I admire the shape and color contrast.
Wikipedia: The Fostoria Glass Company manufactured pressed, blown and hand-molded glassware and tableware for almost 100 years. It began operations in Fostoria, Ohio, USA, on December 15, 1887, at South Vine Street, near Railroad, on free land donated by the townspeople. When natural resources declined in Fostoria, the company moved to Moundsville, West Virginia, in 1891.
Production peaked in 1950 when Fostoria manufactured over 8 million pieces of glass and crystal. The company expanded in the 1950s. In the 1960s and 1970s, the company’s marketing campaign expanded to include boutiques and display rooms within jewelry and department stores. In addition, Fostoria published its own consumer direct magazine, “Creating with Crystal” during this period.
Foreign competition increased during the 1970s. In 1983, Fostoria sold its factory to Lancaster Colony Corporation of Columbus, Ohio. By 1986, Lancaster Colony closed the factory and sold the remaining stock directly to consumers.
Fostoria’s best-selling pattern was American, introduced in 1915. After the factory closure, Lancaster Colony contracted with Dalzell Viking Glass Company of New Martinsville, West Virginia, to continue manufacturing some Fostoria patterns, including American. Thereafter, L.E. Smith Glass Company of Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, bought the American molds.
Fostoria stemware and dinnerware continue to be popular collector items, with colored pieces valued higher than clear ones of the same pattern. Earlier American pieces are more valuable than later ones.