Re: Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 199)
Another group of bells that sold over the last few days.
199a – Rare handpainted Crinoline Lady brass bell,c1930/50’s.
A nice scarce vintage figural brass or bronze bell in the shape of a Crinoline lady with handpainted finish,140mm high,with good ring,probably dates to the 1930/50’s,in good condition with some paint wear.
One of the brass bells from Pearson-Page Jewsbury shown in their 1925 catalog.
The painting is after-market, not factory original. The seller did not mention, and perhaps did not notice, the artist’s signature/monogram (looks like III Bx) at the lower left of Pics 3 & 4. This is the only artist who signed her painted bells, as far as I am aware.
199b – Vintage RAF Benevolent Fund Bell Diecast – MADE FROM Shot Down German Aircraft
Bell created from a German aircraft shot down over Britain.
Has the victory sign V on the handle.
Around the base it reads “1939 – 1945 RAF Benevolent Fund cast with metal from German aircraft shot down over Britain”.
Shows the faces of Churchill, Roosevelt & Stalin.
Bell is missing the part that makes the ring noise, but none the less is a nice ornament and talking piece, could easily be restored.
Inside the bell reads “The Bucks Diecasting Co Ltd Burnham.
For some reason the seller quotes the inscription normally used on these bells:
1939 – 1945 RAF Benevolent Fund cast with metal from German aircraft shot down over Britain
but fails to notice that this particular bell reads:
CAST WITH METAL FROM GERMAN AIRCRAFT
DESTROYED OVER BRITAIN 1939 – 1945
RAF BENEVOLENT FUND
This bell has what is called the Mushroom Handle, and bears the Bucks Diecasting Co inscription, the only maker who marked the bells that their company made. Pic 3 shows that inscription from a similar bell.
199c – ANTIQUE / Vintage Cast Iron Bell From An Early 1900’s Train 9-1/2″ Tall
Vintage cast iron train bell, used for last call on passenger trains in the early 1900’s, stands 9-1/2 inches tall and 8 x 2-1/2 inch base. The cord is not the original and the bell needs proper lubrication and adjustment to make it function correctly, the bell base is 4 inches in diameter and has a large heavy pendulum with an equally large ring!
Should clean up nicely if the rust were removed. Could be painted, oiled, or finished with stove polish.
199d – ANTIQUE ENGLISH MUSICAL BRONZE/LEATHER HAND BELL NOTE B BY MEARS/WHITECHAPEL
A top quality antique musical hand bell standing 8.75 in (222 mm) high to the top of the leather handle ( impessed B on both sides) in the vertical position. The actual bell ( made from bell metal, a type of bronze) stands 3.75 in (95 mm) high and has an opening diameter of 4.5 in (114 mm). It is clearly impressed at the top with the Maker MEARS and the number 15 and the circular leather section at the top of the bell has attractive stamped or tooled decoration. The Mears family ( 1781 – 1865) produced bells at the Whitechapel Foundry ( famous for making the Liberty Bell and Big Ben). The hand bell is in very good condition with no real damage.
Very good condition for its age, with the clapper pads and stops intact.
199e – GORHAM CASPAR MELCHIOR BALTHASAR THREE WISE MEN SILVERPLATE BRONZE BELL
Up for auction are a set of three wise men bells made by Gorham. The are made of bronze with silverplate on top. They are quite heavy. They are in great used condition with no damage that I can see. They are not a bright shiny silver color. I did not clean them.
Made by Gorham, c. 1980, very heavy casting, not much ring tone, not as popular the the “Women Who Changed The Course Of History” series.
I’d say this is fair market value. You often see the set listed at $300 – $600, but they never sell.
199f – RARE ANTIQUE BRASS LADY BELL WITH LEGS 6″ TALL
No additional information
Called “The Miser” in the 1925 Pearson-Page catalog, presumably because she is holding a money pouch.
Often identified as the Witch from Hansel & Gretal, though there is no documentation to support that.
199g – ANTIQUE OPALINE BELL WITH VASELINE GLASS HANDLE 11.5″
FINE ANTIQUE OPALINE & VASELINE GLASS BELL IN IMMACULATE ORIGINAL CONDITION! HAS NO CHIPS CRACKS ,STAINS OR REPAIRS. THE VASELINE HANDLE IN FORM OF A SEASHELL, OPALINE BELL HAS SWIRL PATTERN. MEASURES 11 1/2″ HIGH ” X 5 7/16″ DIAMETER.
199h – ANTIQUE ROYAL CROWN DERBY BELL GOLD & CORAL
ROYAL CROWN DERBY PORCELAIN BELL WITH CORAL PINK GROUND & RAISED GOLD GILT DECORATION IN SUPERB ORIGINAL CONDITION! HAS ONE TINY RUB ON PINK AS PICTURED GOLD IMMACULATE & SILK GONG HOLDER NEEDS TO BE REATTACHED THE GONG IS CARVED IVORY. MEASURES 4 7/8″ HIGH X 4 5/16″ ACROSS X 3 1/4″ DEEP.
199i – French Flint Glass Bell Rabbit figural, painted Bronze
Late in the nineteenth century, French glass artisans created a series of flint glass bells that are both rare and highly sought today.
Our flint glass bell features an enameled bronze handle in the shape of a pleasant rabbit, standing on one white metal painted leaf. The clapper within bell is cleverly coordinated with the animal handle: here it is a red painted carrot. Dimensions: 11 cm x 4.5 cm. The crystal body of this flint bell is blown, with tiny bubbles include in the colored amethyst material. No mark on. Speculation has it that they were produced by the Baccarat factory in Lorraine but nothing conclusive has yet been found to confirm this.