Re: Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 169)
One lonely tortoise bell
169g – ANTIQUE MECHANICAL TORTOISE CAST METAL COUNTER BELL
VINTAGE MECHANICAL TORTOISE CAST METAL COUNTER TOP BELL.
MEASURES 4″INCHES X 6″ INCHES.
CONDITION LEG BROKEN OTHER WISE VERY GOOD AND IN WORKING ORDER.
An example far removed from the common Spanish BOJ and German cast iron turtle bells,
and I can only speculate how the mechanism works. I see no winding mechanism, so I
presume it is wound by turning the bell itself. Note that the stamped metal shell is
hinged at the front, and has two little “hooks” that might catch under the horizontal bar
protruding from the tail. Pics 3&4 show a vertical pin protruding from the base. My guess
is that this pin is spring loaded to remain upright, but when the rear of the shell is pressed
down this in turn presses the pin down and releases the mechanism to ring.
Yep, the poor little guy has to make it through life on three legs but, at age 100 or so,
he can’t have been doing too bad a job of it.
I am sure the new owner will be delighted to get a rare example at a bargain price.