Re: Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 181)
181a – Brass Bell / Lady Bell Collectors! Lady with Summer Bonnet
She stands approximately 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 650 grams.
Her clanger is intact.
Relatively uncommon lady bell in a larger size. There are much better versions as a lost wax casting, but they are more expensive. This is a lower grade sand cast bell, but still quite nicely done. There is some smoothing on the sides (Pics 3 & 6) as always occurs with sand casting.
181b – Vintage NuTone Art Deco Door Bell Chime in Original Box
This listing features a cool looking Art Deco style door chime from NuTone.
It comes in it’s original box and looks great; however,
I do not know what it takes to make it work.
I haven’t seen one of these in many years, though when I was young almost everyone had one in their home. NuTone was probably the largest manufacturer. This appears to be a NOS (New Old Stock) item, and the Art Deco design may date back to the 1930s.
This is a simple two tone version with two bar chimes. Some had more bar chimes, and the largest had multiple tubular chimes. Many had different tones for front, back, and even side doors. The smaller ones usually used an 8 or 10 volt transformer. Larger ones used 16 or 24 volts. Each chime bar or tube required a separate solenoid (Pic 2).
181c – LOVELY ANTIQUE SOLID CAST HAND BELL BRASS/BRONZE CHERUBS DOLPHINS FIGURES
A VERY NICE ANTIQUE/VINTAGE CAST BRASS/BRONZE HAND BELL
WITH FOUR CHERUBS BETWEEN EIGHT DOLPHINS TO TOP
AND A SCENE WITH FIGURES WINGED CHERUBS ETC.
OVERALL CONDITION IS VERY GOOD – VERY LIGHT DINK TO BASE RIM.
HEIGHT – 13.5cm X 8.5cm (5.1in x 3.4 in).
St Peter’s bell in the most common style and size. There should be a small cross at the top of the papal tiara, but it is often missing as in this case. The first of these table bell replicas seem to date from late 19th Century onwards. See Springer for more information.
Great Bell (Campanone) of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City State
The six bells of the Basilica were placed in the room below the clock on the left. The largest of the bells – campanone has a diameter of 2.50 meter, a height of 2.60 meter, measuring 7.5 meters in circumference and weighing about 11 tons. It was cast in 1786 by Luigi Valadier and blessed by Pius VI in the same year. From 1931, the bells are operated electrically, thus permitting even the largest bell to be tolled from a distance. It is rung at Christmas and Easter, on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, and every time the Pope imparts the “Urbi et Orbi” blessing (to the city and to the world). The note of this bell is E3.