Re: Re: So, what is this worth? (Part 75)
75a – HEAVY MECHANICAL VICTORIAN BRASS TOBACCONISTS CALL BELL & MATCH SAFE STRIKER
This is one of the largest store call bells that has the benefit of a double clanger as well as having the match safe and striker at the top. Used on the counter of a tobacconists, it is an imposing site at 8 inches tall and with a base diameter of 5 1/2 inches and a loud ring.
There is some light pitting to the bell dome and both of the strikers are working well with their original springs underneath, operating the pinned two piece arms holding the strikers.
The base of the bell has the name of the maker ‘Bolton & Son of Wigan’ cast into it and it would have been used originally as a cigar ashtray. The weight of the complete unit is 3 lbs.
75b – TABLE BELL IN A SHAPE OF MEDIEVAL WOMAN SILVER PLATE
A TABLE BELL IN A SHAPE OF A MEDIEVAL WOMAN MADE IN SILVER PLATE
CIRCA 1860. THE BELL IS 4 INCHES HIGH- VERY GOOD CONDITION
The figure is normally identified as Elizabeth 1. This version with her left hand on her stomach is found in 4″ and smaller sizes. The other version with her right hand on her stomach is found in 5″ size. Both versions were made in brass by Pearson Page, sand cast, c. 1920.
If the seller is correct with the c. 1860 date, then it would pre-date the Pearson Page items. I looks like it could be of lost wax construction (detail not interrupted on the sides), but there is no clear angle to show that. The 3rd picture is a brass version that would normally sell in the $50 range.
75c – ANTIQUE ASIAN CHINESE GUILLOCHE ENAMEL BELL W/ NICE CARVED WHITE JADE FINIAL
UP FOR AUCTION IS AN ANTIQUE CHINESE GUILLOCHE ENAMEL BELL CARVED WHITE JADE FINIAL.
6 PANEL SIDED BELL WITH AMAZING ENAMEL WORK AND CARVED JADE FIGURAL FINIAL /HANDLE.
THE BELL MEASURES 4-5/8″ TALL.
GOOD CONDITION WITH NO MAJOR WEAR TO THE PIECE.