Re: Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 180)
180a – Silver Plate Lady Table Bell French Dress Fan S & SD 681732 EPNS Vintage Rare
This stunning vintage silver plate/EPNS lady bell comes in very good condition.
She’s missing some plate but, this could be replated.
She weighs 48g unboxed and is stamped S & SD 681732 EPNS.
She measures approx: 2″ inches (5.2cm) long, 3.1″ inches (7.8cm) high by 2″ inches (5.2cm) wide.
Silver plating on these bells was very thin, base metal often showing through.
E.P.N.S. – Electro Plate Nickel Silver
George Elkington and Henry Elkington were awarded the first patents for electroplating in 1840. These two then founded the electroplating industry in Birmingham England from where it spread around the world.
Common base metal was nickel silver – an alloy of copper, zinc and nickel.
For more information, see: http://www.silvercollection.it/electroplatesilver.html
180b – Rare Vienna Bronze Clown Pierrot Marble Bell Push Servants
This is an unusual bell push, for summoning servants to the table. The clown Pierrot figure is solid bronze and probably Austrian Vienna manufacture upon a turned and polished marble spherical base with a natural substance push button, lacking any wiring and with a hole drilled in the hat, otherwise condition is very good, 9cms 3.5″ overall length.
The hole drilled in the hat is so the wire leads can run past the bell push and up to the ceiling.
I have never seen one previously mounted on a marble. The cylindrical push button is a stock item rather than one specially constructed as in Part 179a above.