Re: Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 185)
World’s Columbian Exposition – Chicago – 1893
Wikipedia: The World’s Columbian Exposition (the official shortened name for the World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition, also known as The Chicago World’s Fair) was a World’s Fair held in Chicago in 1893 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the New World in 1492. The iconic centerpiece of the Fair, the large water pool, represented the long voyage Columbus took to the New World. Chicago bested New York City; Washington, D.C.; and St. Louis for the honor of hosting the fair. The fair was an influential social and cultural event. The fair had a profound effect on architecture, sanitation, the arts, Chicago’s self-image, and American industrial optimism. The Chicago Columbian Exposition was, in large part, designed by Daniel Burnham and Frederick Law Olmsted. It was the prototype of what Burnham and his colleagues thought a city should be. It was designed to follow Beaux Arts principles of design, namely French neoclassical architecture principles based on symmetry, balance, and splendor.
The exposition covered more than 600 acres (2.4 km2), featuring nearly 200 new (but purposely temporary) buildings of predominantly neoclassical architecture, canals and lagoons, and people and cultures from 46 countries. More than 27 million people attended the exposition during its six-month run. Its scale and grandeur far exceeded the other world fairs, and it became a symbol of the emerging American Exceptionalism, much in the same way that the Great Exhibition became a symbol of the Victorian era United Kingdom.
Dedication ceremonies for the fair were held on October 21, 1892, but the fairgrounds were not actually opened to the public until May 1, 1893. The fair continued until October 30, 1893. In addition to recognizing the 400th anniversary of the discovery of the New World by Europeans, the fair also served to show the world that Chicago had risen from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire, which had destroyed much of the city in 1871. On October 9, 1893, the day designated as Chicago Day, the fair set a world record for outdoor event attendance, drawing 716,881 people to the fair.
The following three bells were souvenirs of the fair.
185a – BELL SOUVENIR “1776 1893”
WORLD EXPOSITION BELL THAT MEASURES 2″ X 2 1/4″,
READS “PROCLAIM LIBERTY THROUGHOUT ALL THE LAND
UNTO ALL THE INHABITANTS THERE”
“1776 1893 WORLDS COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION CHICAGO”
THE BELL IS BRASS WITH WOODEN HANDLE,
WORN PAINT WITH LEAD SHOT BELL
HAS STILL A PERFECT RING
Stamped brass bell, made for the Columbian Exposition and many other fairs and expositions of that period. Basic details remain much the same depicting Liberty Bell, while location and date change.
Reasonable asking price.
185b – 1893 WORLD’S FAIR GLASS BELL COLUMBIA EXPOSITION
This is a 4 1/2″ tall x 3″ diameter glass bell with an etched WORLDS FAIR 1893 on the face,
around the inside of the bell in raised letters it reads WORLD’S COLUMBIAN EXPOSITION 1893.
It has its original clapper as far as I can tell, and rings with a wonderful sound!
Thought to have been made by Libbey’s Glass Co.
Frosted areas on exterior of glass are etched.
Raised lettering inside are cast as part of the mold.
Artisan apparently had a problem when constructing the mold.
The words “COLUMBIANEXPOSITION” have no space between them,
and the “N” in “COLUMBIAN” is reversed.
Unreasonable asking price, no surprise there were no takers.
185c – 1893 WORLD’S FAIR GLASS AND METAL BELL.
GREAT ANTIQUE PIECE OF WORLD HISTORY 1893 WORLD’S FAIR GLASS BELL.
USED CONDITION,BUT ALL ORIGINAL AND GREAT DISPLAY PIECE.
RIM HAS ONE ROUGH AREA,BUT NO CRACKS OR BIG CHIPS.
Same item as above, but lousy pictures and no details.
Reasonable starting price.