Re: Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 182)
182a – Interesting Antique/Vintage Bell – Nice Quality Item
Antique/Vintage Brass bell, an usual one.
Another of the so-called Hemony bells, this one often said to represent the Children’s Crusade.
Pretty nasty example, possibly one of the newer reproductions from India or Taiwan.
Okay for a filler piece at a cheap price, but there are much nicer examples around.
Wikipedia: The Children’s Crusade is the name given to a disastrous Crusade by European Catholics to expel Muslims from the Holy Land said to have taken place in 1212. The traditional narrative is probably conflated from some factual and mythical notions of the period including visions by a French or German boy, an intention to peacefully convert Muslims in the Holy Land to Christianity, bands of children marching to Italy, and children being sold into slavery. A study published in 1977 casts doubt on the existence of these events, and many historians came to believe that they were not (or not primarily) children but multiple bands of “wandering poor” in Germany and France, some of whom tried to reach the Holy Land and others who never intended to do so. Early versions of events, of which there are many variations told over the centuries, are largely apocryphal.
Probably a fair price for what it is actually worth.
182b – SONNETTE DE PORTE ANCIEN LAITON SANS PILE annéé 50
BOUTON SONNETTE + CONTOUR BOIS – 4,5 CENTIMETRES DE DIAMETRE
tige fileté poussoir – 5,6 CENTIMETRES DE LONGEUR
SONNETTE COMPLETE – 14 CENTIMETRES DE HAUTEUR, 6,5 CENTIMETRES DE LARGEUR
TIMBAL 6,4 CENTIMETRES DE DIAMETRE
ANTIQUE BRASS DOOR BELL WITHOUT BATTERY circa 1950
BUTTON BELL + WOOD FRAME – 4.5 CENTIMETRES DIAMETER
threaded push rod – 5.6 CENTIMETRES LENGTH
BELL COMPLETE – 14 CM IN HEIGHT, 6.5 CENTIMETRES WIDTH
TIMBAL 6.4 CENTIMETRES DIAMETER
Very interesting style of French doorbell. I have seen several listed, but this one had the best pictures and they are worth seeing. Mechanism is difficult for me to explain, but simple if you would see it. Basically it works like a typical bicycle bell, except that the push motion has to be translated 90 degrees to activate the mechanics.
Low price for such an unusual item.
182c – Belle clochette , divers motifs , extérieur bronze.
Très belle clochette extérieur bronze intérieur métal argenté???(aucun poinçon)
Dimensions: hauteur ~13.5cm, diamètre base ~7.5cm
Il manque la boule mais la chaînette est là.
Il y a une femme au dessus et divers motifs, personnages et animaux sur la cloche.
Beautiful table bell, various mofifs, exterior bronze.
Beautiful table bell, exterior bronze, but perhaps silver inside?? (No markings)
Dimensions: height ~ 13.5cm, base diameter ~ 7.5cm
It is missing the clapper but the chain is there.
There is a woman at the top and various patterns, characters and animals on the bell.
The figure on the handle is probably Leto and the figures on the base her children Apollo and Artemis/Diana.
The bell is much the same as the Gorham Old Florentine. Seller’s pictures are poor quality.
From theoi.com: LETO was one of the female Titanes , a bride of Zeus, and the mother of the twin gods Apollon and Artemis. She was the goddess of motherhood and with her children, a protectress of the young. Her name and iconography suggest she was also a goddess of modesty and womanly demure.
In Greek vase painting Leto was usually depicted as a woman lifting her veil in a gesture of modesty. She was usually depicted accompanied by her two children. The exact meaning of her name is obscure, some commentators connect it with the word lethô, to move unseen, suggestive of modesty, others derive it from the Lycian word for woman, lada.
Very low price, especially when compared to the one we saw in Part 27-2.