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A limited edition Royal Bayreuth 700 of 1500 Wednesday Mending gold gilt bell. Very nice piece with unsual novelty and rarely if ever seen. Nice Dutch little girls sewing and mending. Nice detailed delicate scene and measuring 3 3/4″ tall x 2 1/2″ in diameter.

I believe these are known as the Sunbonnet Babies with a different bell for each day of the week.



208b – Antique 1908 Tercentenary Figural Bronze Bell – Samuel de Champlain
This bell is in beautiful antique condition with no damage seen. Nice patina in the smaller creases. It is marked under his feet Champlain, near the top rim of the bell in the back it is marked Reg 1908, around the bottom rim of the bell it is marked Champlain 1608-1908. It is made of bronze or brass with a bronze finish, solid and heavy for it’s size at 1lb 7oz. Measures 6 3/4″ tall, bottom bell diameter is 3 1/8″. Has a lovely, loud and clear “ding.”

In honor of the founding of Quebec City 300 years previously.

Wikipedia: Samuel de Champlain (born Samuel Champlain; on or before August 13, 1574 – December 25, 1635), “The Father of New France”, was a French navigator, cartographer, draughtsman, soldier, explorer, geographer, ethnologist, diplomat, and chronicler. He founded New France and Quebec City on July 3, 1608. He is important to Canadian history because he made the first accurate map of the coast and he helped establish the settlements.

Born into a family of mariners, Champlain, while still a young man, began exploring North America in 1603 under the guidance of François Gravé Du Pont. From 1604 to 1607 Champlain participated in the exploration and settlement of the first permanent European settlement north of Florida, Port Royal, Acadia (1605). Then, in 1608, he established the French settlement that is now Quebec City. Champlain was the first European to explore and describe the Great Lakes, and published maps of his journeys and accounts of what he learned from the natives and the French living among the Natives. He formed relationships with local Montagnais and Innu and later with others farther west (Ottawa River, Lake Nipissing, or Georgian Bay), with Algonquin and with Huron Wendat, and agreed to provide assistance in their wars against the Iroquois.

In 1620, Louis XIII ordered Champlain to cease exploration, return to Quebec, and devote himself to the administration of the country. In every way but formal title, Samuel de Champlain served as Governor of New France, a title that may have been formally unavailable to him owing to his non-noble status. He established trading companies that sent goods, primarily fur, to France, and oversaw the growth of New France in the St. Lawrence River valley until his death in 1635.

Champlain is memorialized as the “Father of New France” and “Father of Acadia”, and many places, streets, and structures in northeastern North America bear his name, or have monuments established in his memory. The most notable of these is Lake Champlain, which straddles the border between northern New York and Vermont, extending slightly across the border into Canada. In 1609 he led an expedition up the Richelieu River and explored a long, narrow lake situated between the Green Mountains of present-day Vermont and the Adirondack Mountains of present-day New York; he named the lake after himself as the first European to map and describe it.



A large heavy thick gauge full sized ca.1895 German Hanau Wedding or marriage dinner bell. Very much in the style of the wager cup, this bell features a full bust length woman holding a wreath. Incredible definition with amazing details and work her full body dress is a superb bill and rings fine. Signed with Neresheimer and probably made for an expo. Standing 5 3/4″ tall x 2 1/2″ in diameter. Weighs 4.5 standard ounces.



c.1920’s Art Deco American or French Silverplate bronze/Brass dinner bell. The girl is standing on her hands and holding a ball on her feet. Standing 5 1/2″ tall x 2 3/4″ at the base.



Antique ca.1830-50 French d’ore gilt bronze triple lion mask and foot inkwell doubling as dinner bell. Possibly a desk bell. Either way you have a cross collectible in many respects. This has incredible detail and patina with the lions masks and roundels hanging from them. Nice work on the main body and feet. Gold gilt bronze of the finest order. Standing 6″ tall x 4″ in diameter.



The word Rare gets thrown around a lot. However, Extremely rare is how I would describe this piece of Mr. Washington Wavecrest art glass. This large Hotel desk bell is almost one of a few kind. The Only one I have ever seen was doing a Google search and I found a blog where a art glass dealer points out how a guy on ebay sold a super beyond rare Wavecrest hotel bell with a huge crack going down the middle and all of the paint missing and if he had listed it correctly it would still be worth a lot of money. Maybe a few thousand even for that broke example. NOW ladies and Gentlemen we have the finest example known of a Super Rare Wavecrest enamel hand painted large Hotel desk bell. This working bell has All of it’s paint and has NO chips or cracks. The Bell mechanism is incredible and LOUD. You turn the top of the bell and it rings like an old Bike whistle. Very easy to turn and effortless in it’s use. I can imagine coming up to the desk and checking in to your room and ringing this back 100 + years ago. Needless to say Wavecrest and art glass and Bell collectors you will probably never again have a chance to own one of these in your lifetime. I can only imagine what this is truly worth. The finest Wavecrest example as far as I am concerned. Measuring 5 1/4″ from foot to foot and standing 4″ The body of the bell itself is 4″ x 2 1/2″ Even the original gold gilding is on the brass. Incredible. There is one end of one foot missing and I showed it to a metal smith who can easily fashion an end to match the three others. An easy cast to be made. So without the 4th end of the foot it does wiggle around on the base of the bell underneath. When the foot is done it will sit flush. This is but a small issue and I am told does not take away as the glass is 100% intact with all it’s paint work and this small end when done will make this perfect. I am told this would be appraised for many thousands of dollars.

If you read the above description (sales pitch) you will see some of the extravagant claims made by some sellers. Yes, this item can be called rare, but its condition is not as great as the seller claims, and it is certainly not the finest example known. Some of the paint is faded or missing, the gilt is not that attractive, and the repair of the broken foot would not be cheap. See Part 183f for pictures of two bells in far more pristine condition.