Re: Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 248)
248a – LOVELY UNUSUAL OWL DESK OR WALL BELL PERFECT OWL NAMED PROPERTY
If your property has an owl name or if you collect owl items, this is perfect. It’s an old desk or wall bell app 4 inches across. The bell works by pressing the Owl’s beak. It works really well when the cover of the bell is in the right position and could do with securing to ensure it stays in place.
A lovely and unusual item.
This is one of the older owl mechanical bells with celluloid shell. There were three rivets or screws to secure it to the base, but it is not uncommon that one or more are missing. Often the culluloid will dry out, shrink, and crack near the base, but I don’t see that in the pictures provided. There would have been two ears, also made of celluloid, and glued to the top as you can see in the second picture. It is not unusual that one or both are missing, but it does decrease the value considerably.
248b – Vintage ANTIQUE Solid BRONZE/BRASS Hand SERVICE BELL Ugly/Weird FACE Very Heavy
A WONDERFUL ANTIQUE HAND BELL
4.75″ HIGH AND VERY HEAVY FOR ITS SIZE
SOLID CAST BRONZE OR BRASS
DEPICTS A VERY UGLY/WEIRD FACE IN A HOODED CLOAK
SUBSTANTIAL IRON AND BRASS CLANGER
A ‘MUST HAVE’ FOR ANY BELL COLLECTOR OR PURVEYOR OF UNUSUAL VICTORIAN ITEMS!
ALL IN GREAT CONDITION WITH A GOOD RING
Sometimes called the Suffragette bell, identification based on a similar, more expensive, ceramic bell.
I suspect it was a caricature of Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928), British political activist and suffragette.
For pictures and more information, see Part 142b:
248c – John McCombie Bronze Rooster Bell – Bronze Bell
Here is one of John’s bird creations. The rooster is made in bronze, as all of bells. The rooster stands 7” in height and about 3.5” across. The base has detailed feathers and well as the head of the rooster. This bell has a beautiful resonant ring. All of his bells have special clappers…this one the claw holding an egg. This bell weighs about 3.5 pounds…an exquisite work of bronze art with detail matched by few. The bell is signed M 03 and signed and numbered by John.
Notice the different patina colors on various parts of the rooster.