Re: Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 279)
279a – PAIR EARLY VINTAGE HEAVY BRASS WELSH LADY HAND BELLS WITH CLAPPERS
YOU ARE BIDDING ON THIS PAIR EARLY VINTAGE HEAVY BRASS WELSH LADY HAND BELLS WITH CLAPPERS. IN GOOD USED CONDITION VERY COLLECTABLE SIZE APPROX 2.75 IN TALL X 2.25.
If you want a Martha Gunn table bell, you may as well buy two at this price. The only hitch is when you notice the USA shipping cost, and you must ask yourself if it is worth $25 to ship a $10 item? The cost is mostly due to eBay’s attempt to force sellers now to ship with tracking and insurance, which more than doubles the postage amount. If you ask, some sellers are willing to ship standard Airmail for a considerable savings (I myself have never had any problem with UK Royalmail, and delivery usually takes 7-10 days).
279b – RARE BRASS LADY BELL – WIZARD.
AN UNUSUAL BRASS LADY BELL – WIZARD.
IT’S COMPLETE WITH A CLAPPER.
APPROX: 11 CM TALL.
IT’S IN GOOD USED CONDITION.
Occasionally you will find one of these figures in a much better lost wax casting, complete with a wizard’s staff in his left hand. The sand cast versions, like this one, never include the staff, but only have a small stub remaining. This is a relatively poor casting, and there are better versions around.
Notice the whitish line on the right side of the arm in Pic 3. This is a remnant of “flash casting“. With a two-part sand mold, some of the molten metal always seeps into the separation line between top and bottom molds. This must be removed by filing or grinding, which with this bell was rather sloppily done.
I don’t think either example is a very good value.
279c – An Antique Silver Bell Shaped Desk Inkwell, 1905
A good shaped bell silver inkwell, fully hallmarked in Birmingham in 1905 with the makers marks for Nathan & Hayes. The hinge could be tweaked but its very solid and there are lots of very small dings and there is no liner. Diameter is 4.25ins and the height is 3.25ins, or 10.75cms x 8.25cms. The weight is 236.4gms, and it is loaded.
Lake many British items, it seems to have been repeatedly polished over the years, but it still has clear sterling hallmarks on base and lid. It is missing the porcelain liner, which is not uncommon. A replacement can be found on UK eBay by searching for inkwell/ink pot liner/insert.
279d – ANCIENNE SONNETTE DE TABLE EN BRONZE ARGENTE
Elle est en bon état (petit fêle au rebord mais elle sonne trés bien ).
Elle est à décors de tête d’homme, double face ,
avec des cornes de bélier. (Homme-boucs, faune)
Dimensions : 9 cm de hauteur / 6,1 cm de diamètre.
OLD TABLE BELL SILVER BRONZE
It is in good condition (small crack to the rim but it sounds very good).
It is man’s head sets, double sided,
with ram horns. (Man-goats, wildlife)
Dimensions: 9 cm / 6.1 cm in diameter.
We haven’t seen one of these ONI bells for a while.
For more information, see viewtopic.php?f=6&t=4160
Note that the depressions between the beard curls are very deep near the rim of the bell, and often there will be a crack in the very thin metal. For some reason this often does not detract from the ring tone.
279e – STYLISH NORWEGIAN MARIUS HAMMER 930 SILVER & ENAMEL DESK TOP BELL BUTTON
VERY NICE EARLY 20TH CENTURY NORWEGIAN 930 SILVER AND ENAMELLED DESK BELL BUTTON WHICH WOULD RUN BY ELECTRICITY. THE PATTERN NUMBER IS 1108. THE BELL MEASURES 3.6CM IN HEIGHT BY 5.6CM IN DIAMETER AT THE BASE. THE TOTAL WEIGHT OF THE ITEM WEIGHS 61 GRAMS. THE ENGINE TURNED DOME HAS A PALE BLUE ENAMEL SURFACE AS DOES THE ACTUAL PUSH BUTTON ON THE TOP OF THE BELL. THERE IS A PATCH OF ENAMEL LOSS ON THE DOME , THERE ARE A FEW SCRATCHES TO THE BASE . THE ELECTRIC BELL WOULD HAVE BEEN MOUNTED ON THE WALL OR SIMULAR AND A PERSON WOULD PRESS THE BUTTON WHICH WOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE DESK .
Another example of a Guilloché item with translucent enamel. Unfortunately, the enamel coating is damaged, or else the item would have sold for several times the hammer price.