Re: Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 175)
Several eBay items I had been watching since before leaving for the ABA Convention
175d – A VERY RARE ” NODDING MAGICIAN ” BRASS BELL… MERLIN ??? MARKED M M.SNAKES. ETC
AN OLD AND UNUSUAL BRASS BELL WITH A NODDING HEAD ” MAGICIAN “
DECORATED WITH SNAKES AND CREEPING CREATURES
PAINTED PANELS OF WHITE, RED AND BLACK
THE MAGICIANS HEAD NODS THIS OPERATES THE CLAPPER
A PIN THROUGH THE MAGICIANS SHOULDER HOLDS HIS HEAD IN PLACE
THE BELL MEASURES 4 3/4 INCHES HIGH
THE BELL HAS ITS ORIGINAL CLAPPER AND APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN GILDED ON THE INSIDE
THE GOWN HAS M M WITHIN THE DECORATION AT THE FRONT
THE LEFT HAND APPEARS TO BE HOLDING A WAND AT THE BOTTOM
BUT NOTHING IS SHOWING COMING FROM THE TOP OF THE HAND
IF THIS HAS BEEN BROKEN OFF IT MUST HAVE BEEN A LONG TIME AGO
THE BELL IS POLISHED WORN BUT IN VERY GOOD CONDITION
None of the bronze nodders are common, but this is one of the less uncommon examples.
Rather than Merlin, I think it represents a priest of the Ahura Mazda religion.
The wand in the left hand is almost always broken off for some reason, as this one is.
Pic 5 shows the pivot pin that enters the right shoulder and ends in a blind hole in the left arm.
It is properly rigged with the original counterweight at the bottom.
175e – RARE ART DECO BAKELITE CHROME DINNER BELL BY CHASE MACHINE AGE INDUSTRIAL
CLASSIC 1900’s ART DECO PERIOD DINNER BELL BY CHASE.
THE BELL IS SIGNED INSIDE, ALONG WITH THE ARCHER SYMBOL, THIS IS CLASSIC TO CHASE BELLS.
THE BELL STANDS 3 INCHES TALL, VERY NICE RING TONE!
MADE OF CHROME WITH A BAKELITE BALL ON TOP.
THE BELL IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION FOR ITS AGE, WITH MINOR SURFACE SCRATCHES AND NORMAL WEAR.
Internet Antique Gazette: Chrome by Chase- The Art Deco Years
The Art Deco style may have originated in Europe, but Americans embraced it for everything from skyscrapers to soap dishes, and nobody did it better than Chase.
Art Deco buildings like the Chrysler Building and Radio City Music Hall in New York, the Union Terminal in Cincinnati, and much of Miami Beach needed lighting and accessories to go with this exciting new style, and nobody did it better than the Chase Company. Augustus Chase and other Waterbury (Connecticut) civic leaders established the Waterbury manufacturing Company in 1876. The company originally specialized in brass, turning out buttons, pins, upholstery trim, saddle and harness parts, and novelties. Augustus was succeeded by his son Henry who ran the company so successfully that by 1900 a needed rolling mill was built. The business continued to grow as the Chase Metal Works became a major supplier to the US government during World War I. Like many companies at the end of a booming wartime economy, Chase desperately needed to retool to peacetime production, and Frederick Chase was the man to do it.
Frederick Chase mounted an aggressive marketing campaign introducing Chase products for the home, and by 1936 business was booming. The Chase Brass and Copper Company became one of the largest producers of high quality machine made Art Deco accessories and lighting, offering products such as candlesticks, smoking accessories, barware, serving pieces, and lamps. The products were sold in special gift departments called Chase Shops in jewelry and department stores including Marshall Field’s and the Mays Company. Over the years, the company commissioned the best industrial designers to develop new offerings. Design giants Walter von Nessen, Rockwell Kent, Charles Arcularius and Russell Wright created a variety of products for the Chase Company.
Although Chase products were inexpensive, they were extremely well made, particularly those in their signature chromium finish. Chromium is a chemical element that takes a high polish and has an extremely high melting point. Home makers loved its low cost elegance- the gleam of silver for that cost little to buy and required no polishing. Unlike its competitors, Chase chromium had a brass or copper base under the chromium plated surface. Using a non-ferrous metal as a base guaranteed that the chrome wouldn’t pit, flake, bubble or rust. Home Economist Emily Post endorsed Chase Company products in a 24 page book called How to Give Buffet Suppers that featured a host of Chase Chromium serving and heating products. Chase products also appeared frequently as props on Broadway stages and Hollywood films.
The company acquired trademarks as it acquired divisions, but by 1928 management wanted a mark that was unique, a mark that summarized the company and would instantly call it to the mind of the consumer. Because they made such a diverse range of products, from consumer goods to copper rivets, the mark had to be universal. The Centaur mark was unveiled in the fall of 1928, and advertising Manager Rodney Chase felt it to be a complete success. The centaur holds a bow and appears to be in the middle of a hunt, or chase. The Chase mark appears on almost every piece made after 1928 however, on some pieces the impressed mark is under the rivet that attaches the plastic handles.
The line of Chase specialties ended with the entry of the United States into World War II, when the company converted its production facilities to war-related materiel. After the war ended, Chase decided not to re-enter the consumer market, thus ending the Chase art deco era.
This is an Art Deco bell that I said would pair well with the Christofle bell in Part 174b.
175f – Vintage BronzeBrass Champagne Bottle Bell–Sillery France
Up for bid is an unusual bronze or brass bell shaped like a champagne bottle with the word Sillery on it.
It is in very good condition and is in proper working order. Please see all pictures.
I don’t know if it is made of bronze or brass but it is heavy(13.6 ounces) for its size(5.45″ high 2.05″ wide). There is a similar bottle bell in Completed Items for a Hilton Champagne bottle bell.
Sillery is a commune in the Marne department in northeastern France. It makes champagne and still white wine.