Re: Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 172)
172a – PRETTY BRASS HANDBELL WITH EXTERIOR PAINTED DETAIL – A CRINOLINE WEARING LADY
THE DINING TABLE BELL IS MADE OF BRASS WITH ORIGINAL CLAPPER BALL, BUT THE EXTERIOR OF
THE BELL IS PAINTED QUITE FINELY TO BRING OUT THE DETAIL OF HER HANDS, FACE AND CLOTHING.
THE BELL IS IN A WONDERFUL CONDITION AND MEASURES 5″ TALL AND 3″ AT THE WIDEST POINT.
You see these painted bells every so often, usually an inexpensive sand cast lady figurine made in England.
The paint was not factory applied, but probably done in a small craft studio, and sold in shops or at fairs.
The paint pattern may differ on the same design. Most are unsigned, though a few signatures may recur.
Quite often the paint is chipping off, and my guess is that those were not properly primed.
This one is in fine condition, and has some subtle shading.
My guess is that most were done from the 1930s to 1960s.
There are some modern ones that I consider quite ugly in comparison.
Only one bidder, terrific buy.
172b – Brass Lady Bell Table Bell Pixie Elf Mushroom Toadstool Ornament Vintage
This vintage brass pixie bell comes in excellent condition and
will make a great addition to any bell or brass collection.
It has a registration number but I’m unsure of the number.
It weighs 255g unboxed and measures approx 3 inches (7.5cm) high x 3 inches (7.5cm) wide.
Obviously not a lady bell, but listing it like that ensures that more people will see it.
One of the Pearson Page bells, several of which featured Pixies in various designs.
Sold in the usual price range.
172c – ANTIQUE ORNATE BRASS & SILVER DESK BELL BY MERIDEN CO. 3″ TALL 4″ DIAMETER BASE
ANTIQUE ORNATE BRASS & SILVER QUADRUPLE PLATE WORKING DESK BELL BY MERIDEN CO.
3″ TALL 4″ DIAMETER BASE. SOME OF THE PLATING HAS WORN OFF AS SHOWN
Obviously some type of mechanical bell, supposedly in working condition, but seller is rather deficient with information. I think it is a windup continuous ring. Bells of this type were made by Meriden, Smith Rogers, New Departure, and other manufacturers in the late 1800s. Some of these bells were wound with a bottom key, or by turning the bell itself, or wound with the top stem as I suspect this example is.
Price seems rather high to me, maybe double what it is worth.