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171d – Rare 19th C. Muller Maclean Brass Bermuda Bell Horse Carriage Bell -EC RI
Up for auction 19th century horse carriage bell. Muller Maclean & Co. USA New York City.
Including wooden case. It measures approx. 8″ to the end of the lever x 7″ across x 5.25″.

Another early example of a Bermuda carriage bell. The earlier models, like this, had more elaborate cast top plates. Later examples had only stamped plates. If actually brass, that would be more uncommon. Normally the earlier models were nickel-plated, and later examples chrome-plated, to guard against slop thrown up on the underside of a carriage.

Attractive price, but several problems are apparent:
(1) – The plunger plate is missing, and replaced by the bent iron bar.
It could be replaced, but the original would also have had the cast markings.
(2) – The lower bell is hanging crookedly, yet the bottom washer and bolt are replacements.
Could be a minor problem, could be significant, no way to know unless/until one were to purchase it.



It has no hanging dinger, but she is in fabulous condition.
We do not know if it is original or a reproduction.
It does have AR below signature, do not know what that means.

The artist signature is always P Tereszczuk, but P = Peter, not Paul.
AR is the editeur/fondeur Artur Rubenstein (no relation to the pianist).

ABA member Manfred Bicker is the expert on bells and other items by Peter Tereszczuk.
For more information, either consult his website bellcollectorjimdo.com, or
consult one of his new books, all of which contain objects by Peter Tereszczuk.

Attractive price for a lost wax bronze figurine bell of this quality from a listed artist.


191f – An Unusual Antique Child Shop/Hotel Counter Bell c1900
This very unusual shop/hotel counter bell I think dates to around 1900.
The bell is made of brass and made in the form of a young girl in a bonnet and dress
typical of the late Victorian or Edwardian period.
The bell has very good detail and nice patina with age.
The bell works by pushing on the handle or rod to make the bell ring,
or raising slightly and letting go gives a good ring.
I think the pusher or rod is a later replacement to the original.
The bell measures 6 inches high and in good condition, just a bit grubby with age.

The seller may be correct that the rod is a later replacement, or the mechanical action may have been a later conversion of what might have been a standard figurine lady bell. I do not remember seeing the design previously in either version.

There is no specific mention of just what type of mechanical mechanism it has, and the pictures do not show that clearly. I infer from the description that it is a tap bell, and that the push rod is rather heavy compared to the clapper/hammer so it does not retract as quickly as it should. If that is the case, it might be possible to add additional weight to the clapper by winding some solder wire around the clapper stem. The additional weight should help raise the push rod more quickly so the clapper could return to rest position and not damp out the tone of the bell. (This is all just a guess on my part.)

Whatever it is and however it works, it is certainly an unusual bell and should be a delight for the new owner.


Manfred Bicker sent a photo of another version of this bell from his collection. His description:
It is a tap bell and the push rod is much shorter than the one shown from your side. The clapper inside is placed very close on one side of the bell body and just a slight touch on the tap rod makes the bell ring.
It is a good sound.